Lincoln Police arrested Antonio Hatten Tuesday morning for first degree assault, second degree assault, two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony and violation of a protection order.
Just after 5 a.m. Sunday, police were called to an apartment in the 100 block of South 28th Street, after reports that someone had been stabbed.
Lincoln Police say the 33-year-old victim suffered cuts to her abdomen and face. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
LPD says there was a protection order in place against Hatten. They say there were 3 calls in the last 6 months for a protection order violation at the victim's home.
"You can file a protection order, but we know that wont keep the person away," said Sue Andersen, Community Education Coordinator at Voices of Hope. "It will only be as good as the person you file it against lets it be."
Voices of Hope helps around 200 people file a protection order each year, but while the process to file a protection order can be a good starting point, Andersen said the concern for safety doesn't stop there.
"It's a piece of paper,” Andersen said. “It's not a magical shield that's going to surround you.”
A witness who spoke to 10/11 News on condition of anonymity said, the victim was arguing with her ex-boyfriend earlier in the morning then things calmed down for a while then, the fighting began again.
According to a witness, two people separated the victim and the suspect, until the suspect barged into the room. The witness said there was a loud thumping sound as if someone had been drug down the stairs.
The witness said the thumping woke one of five children in the apartment and came out to investigate, then began screaming about all the blood.
The woman's roommate fought with Hatten for a brief time until the roommate was bit in the face. Hatten then fled on foot.
A large knife, believed to be the weapon used, was recovered.
The roommate did seek medical attention for the bite to his face. That injury required several stitches and left him with a very swollen cheek and chin. The roommate told 10/11 News he is okay, but really shaken.
According to the victim's sister-in-law, the stabbing resulted in punctures to the victim's liver and intestines. The victim underwent surgery and is in stable condition for the wounds to her stomach.
She said the victim also received wounds to her face when she was attacked. A serious concern for her family is that an injury to her eye may cause her to lose sight or possibly lose the eye itself. Family is still waiting to learn what doctors plan is to treat her eye and facial cuts.
According to the victim's sister-in-law, the woman does not have a large support system for her five children and now, being in the hospital will make it difficult financially.
Walker tells 10/11 News that family is concerned for the safety of the rest of the family.
The victim is in stable condition at the hospital.