Woman attacked at Greeley playground, ex jailed

GREELEY, Colo. - Greeley police have arrested a man accused of attacking his girlfriend twice last week.

Ruby R (last name omitted to protect the victim), 38, was watching a friend's child at a park playground last Tuesday when she said Jimmy Manzanares, 43, confronted her, threatened her and then attacked her with a utility knife or box cutter.

Police said Ruby suffered minor injuries.

Manzanares ran off before police arrived. There was already a protection order in place ordering Manzanares to stay away from Ruby, police said. After the attack, officers requested a warrant for Manzanares' arrest on suspicion of assault, menacing and violating a protection order.

Saturday, Ruby and a friend were leaving an apartment when Manzanares suddenly appeared, confronted Ruby and stabbed her with a kitchen knife, police said.

Ruby suffered numerous stab wounds. She was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Manzanares ran off.

Investigators said they determined Manzanares had been following Ruby since the previous event, arriving at the apartment on several occasions, yelling and threatening to kill her.

Two days later, on Monday, an off-duty officer spotted Manzanares at a restaurant and orchestrated Manzanares' arrest, police said.

Ruby has been released from the hospital and is expected to recover. 

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