Bakersfield man facing attempted murder charge in girlfriend’s stabbing

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A Bakersfield man is facing attempted murder and other charges in the stabbing of his girlfriend.

Julio Angel Torrez Jr., 32, is accused of stabbing Natalie Arias on March 20 at Colony Square Apartments. Arias’ 12-year-old son witnessed the stabbing and became injured when he tried to stop the attack, according to a recently filed court document. 

Arias received emergency surgery and survived, according to a search warrant. 

In addition to attempted murder, Torrez is charged with spousal abuse and willful cruelty to a child. He’s held without bail on a parole violation, court records show. 

The warrant states police were called to the apartment complex at 1201 40th St. just after 11 p.m. and found Arias lying unresponsive on the concrete as residents tended to her. Hall Ambulance personnel arrived and found three stab wounds to her torso, including one to the center of her chest. 

A resident told police she heard arguing coming from Arias’ apartment earlier in the day, the warrant states. Later, she heard screams. She ran outside and saw Arias running from the apartment with both her children. 

Arias’ son told police his mother had been angry with Torrez because he had tried to fight her brother earlier that day, according to the warrant. The boy said he heard screaming that night and he rushed to his mother’s bedroom. 

He said he witnessed Torrez stab his mother with a 6-to-8-inch kitchen knife, according to the warrant. The boy grabbed Torrez’s arm, and Torrez swung it backward, inflicting a “very minor scrape” to the boy’s shoulder.

Arias grabbed her daughter and son and the three fled the apartment, according to the warrant. Torrez also left but did not follow them. 

He was arrested the next day. 

The warrant states police seized a kitchen knife with a steel blade and black handle from the apartment. 

Torrez was due in court today for a pre-preliminary hearing. 

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