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South Lake Tahoe woman suffers neck wound in alleged domestic violence

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested after a woman he is suspected of stabbing showed up at her neighbor’s home bleeding with a stab wound in her neck.

The neighbor in the 2000 block of Lukins Way rendered aid to the woman late Wednesday night and then called police. Police Sgt. Shannon Lacey, the first on scene, applied direct pressure to the woman’s wound.

South Lake Tahoe Fire medical personnel arrived to help the woman who was then transported to the hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to save her life, according to a South Lake Tahoe police press release.

A search for a possible suspect failed to turn up the assailant. A six-month-old baby at the woman’s home was placed in protective custody.

On Thursday, officers found that the alleged assailant, Thomas Payne, had returned to the woman’s home. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in what police said was a domestic violence assault.

The woman is recovering in the hospital.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.