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Stabbing victim said he went out with woman once, a month before she attacked him

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(Photo: Loveland Police Department)

(Photo: Loveland Police Department)

LOVELAND, Colo. -- A woman scorned and a man stabbed around 20 times. It happened at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Locust Park Apartments in Loveland.

As 45-year-old Walter Puttoff showed stab wounds all over his body, he explained what led to the attack.

“She just said ‘I’m going to kill you,’” Puttoff said.

Puttoff said he thought he was going to die after 37-year-old Bernedette Vasquez knocked on his door wanting to talk.

“I knew I was going to die,” he said less than 24 hours after the attack.

“She must have had the knife behind her back or something and the next thing I know she just come in just stabbing,” he said.

As Puttoff yelled for help, he said Vasquez plunged the butcher knife repeatedly into his head, back and arm.

“I mean I felt it hit the bone.  I thought it went all the way through my scull.  I thought I was dead,” he said.

A neighbor stepped in and was able to wrestle away the knife.

“He took me into my house and he wanted me to get in the shower to try and wash all the blood off and see where all my wounds were and then he bandaged me up and then took me to the hospital,” Puttoff said of the neighbor who he said saved his life.

Puttoff said he met Vasquez at a bar about a month ago.  They went out one time and he said he hadn’t spoken to her since.

“I thought she was an alright girl. There’s something wrong with her,” he said.

Vasquez was quickly arrested inside her apartment also at the Locust Park complex. She is being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

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