A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and her sister Friday morning was arrested at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Sunday after he sought treatment for cuts to his hand.
Alejandro Garcia, 39, faces two counts of first-degree assault in the stabbings of Bobbie Jo Woods and Renetta Woods, who were attacked about 7 a.m. Friday inside their apartment at 1040 Cross Keys Road, off Alexandria Drive.
A man matching Garcia's description showed up at the hospital with a bandaged hand about 6 p.m. Saturday, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
"It's not unusual when someone has been involved with assaulting someone with a weapon that they cut themselves in the process," Roberts said.
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Witnesses told police they had seen a man in blood-covered clothes walking away from the Cross Keys apartment complex after Friday's assaults, Roberts said. When Garcia showed up Saturday at the hospital, staff alerted police, she said. Officers received an arrest warrant and arrested Garcia.
Garcia, who is under police supervision, remained at the hospital Monday, Roberts said.
Police originally thought the attacker came in and left through a back window to the ground-floor apartment. As they investigated, they determined that the attacker had been a guest in the house when the stabbing occurred. He apparently escaped through the back window after the attack, Roberts said.
Police said the women were taken by ambulance to UK hospital; one had life-threatening injuries.
Bobbie Jo Woods was originally listed in critical condition, neighbors said. A hospital spokesperson said she was in fair condition over the weekend. Her condition was not immediately available on Monday.
Bobbie Jo Woods and Garcia had had problems in the past, according to court records. Garcia, who was described as Woods' live-in boyfriend, was charged April 6 with fourth-degree assault after "striking her in the mouth with a closed fist and then choking her with a dish rag," court documents said.
The argument began after Garcia accused Woods of cheating on him, documents said.
Garcia pleaded guilty May 4 to an amended charge of disorderly conduct. He was credited with time served and was released from the Fayette County jail.