The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

June 25, 2012

Stabbing suspect being held in jail in Arkansas county

JAY, Okla. — A suspect in the stabbing of a woman Friday night in Delaware County was arrested Monday in Springdale, Ark., on a warrant charging him with attempted murder.

Jose Antonio Lopez, 36, was arrested as he left a home in Springdale that was under surveillance by local and state police who had been alerted to his fugitive status by Oklahoma authorities. He was booked into the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville, Ark., pending extradition to face the charge in Delaware County.

Lopez is accused of stabbing Mindy Baccanigera, a former girlfriend and the mother of his child. The Delaware County sheriff’s office received a 911 call about 8:40 p.m. Friday reporting the stabbing in the Sandusky area in the southeast corner of the county.

Baccanigera initially was taken to Siloam Springs (Ark.) Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a hospital in Bentonville, Ark., where she was listed in good condition.

The Delaware County sheriff’s office issued an alert on Saturday seeking help in locating Lopez, who had last been seen driving a green Oldsmobile with Arkansas plates. That vehicle was found in Springdale and was watched until the suspect came out of the home.

The warrant charging Lopez with attempted murder was issued Monday and carries a $100,000 bond. He also was wanted on a warrant for allegedly driving without a valid license, according to Delaware County authorities.

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