A Mandan man is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after allegedly attacking three people with a knife on Tuesday, leaving one woman with 16 puncture wounds and a nearly severed finger.
Morton County prosecutors filed several charges on Thursday against Cortez Ramon Lyons, alleging that he attempted to kill a 48-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son and stabbed a 16-year-old female as she protected an 8-year-old with her body, court records say.
Mandan Police Lt. Pat Haug wrote in a court affidavit that police were called at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of 13th Street Northwest to investigate a domestic disturbance.
Officers observed a significant amount of blood in the hallway, bedroom and bathroom of the apartment, Haug wrote.
The woman told officers she met Lyons, 34, about a week earlier and he’d been staying with her off and on for about five days. The woman said Lyons was acting weird Tuesday morning and she told him she wanted him to leave.
Court records say Lyons bent over as if to tie his shoe then stood up and allegedly began stabbing her in the upper back and neck.
The 20-year-old male told police he was in the next bedroom when he heard his mother yell and he went into her bedroom to see Cortez stabbing her, according to the court affidavit. He described the weapon as a folding style knife with a blade that is 3 to 4 inches long.
The 20-year-old said Cortez then attacked him with the knife before attacking his mother again, court records say.
A 16-year-old female who was sleeping in the living room woke up to the screams and called 911, according to her statement to police. The 16-year-old said Cortez then attacked her, stabbing her in the back. The teen said she shielded an 8-year-old with her body to prevent the child from being attacked, according to the court affidavit.
The three stabbing victims were treated at a Bismarck hospital for their injuries. The woman’s index finger was almost severed off and has been reattached, court records say.
Lyons is charged with two counts of attempted murder, a Class A felony, as well as two counts of felony aggravated assault and one count of felony terrorizing.
Bismarck police arrested Lyons during a traffic stop late Tuesday afternoon. While officers attempted to arrest him, Lyons swung at officers and resisted arrest. Bismarck police also found a baggie of meth that officers say belonged to Lyons.
Lyons is charged in Burleigh County with assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and possession of meth.
He is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. A judge set bail on Thursday for the Morton County charges at $250,000 cash and ordered Lyons to have no contact with the victims. Lyons did not have an attorney listed in court records for either case.
Bismarck police also arrested Lyons in July after reports of a male going door to door and asking to come inside residences. An officer wrote in a court affidavit that Lyons appeared to be under the influence of meth. Lyons is scheduled for a trial in October for ingesting a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.