GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A man stabbed a woman Friday morning in the parking lot of St. Mary Cathedral, then cut his own throat and fled, police say.
Police say Mirna B. Medina-Colocho, 33, of Grand Island was stabbed up to 20 times during an argument with her estranged boyfriend.
The boyfriend, Aslin C. Nabarro, 41, also of Grand Island, then inflicted a deep cut to his own throat and fled. He collapsed less than a block away, in an alley.
Medina-Colocho and Nabarro each underwent surgery at St. Francis Medical Center. A nursing supervisor at St. Francis said both were both in stable condition Friday evening.
Police were called to the Catholic church at 11:37 a.m. They found a woman sitting in the grass by the rectory door as a man pressed a cloth to her head. Blood covered the woman's arms.
A witness who found the stabbing suspect in the alley said he heard the man say, “I don't want to live.”
Not far from where the woman sat in the grass, a knife lay on the parking lot next to a red Plymouth Neon. A small pair of flip-flops rested on the ground outside the car's open back door.
A large amount of blood was on the pavement near the knife, and a trail of blood led out of the parking lot.
A second young woman and a young boy stood near the vehicle and spoke to police.
A blue Dodge Durango was roped into the crime scene as Police Sgt. Ellis Collins wound yellow crime scene tape around trees in the parking lot.
The building housing St. Mary Cathedral day care, which shares a parking lot with the cathedral, wasn't involved in the crime scene.
The Rev. John Sorensen, an associate priest at St. Mary who was on the scene, said in a statement on Twitter, “Our prayers are for those involved in the incident this morning. St. Mary's is a place of prayer and peace and services will continue.”
Friday's incident marks the second domestic knife attack in Grand Island in the past month. On April 16, Rosa Olivas de Parra was slashed with a knife at her home, 2116 W. 11th St.
Her estranged husband, Jesus M. Parra, 47, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder for the incident.
He's also facing felony charges for cutting the couple's 19-year-old daughter, who tried to intervene, and child abuse because the couple's 9-year-old daughter and 2-year-old granddaughter were present when the attack occurred.
Jesus Parra's preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 31.