CENTERVILLE — Police arrested a man Monday they said attempted to kill a female victim during a domestic disturbance.

John Wayne Oposnow, 49, of Centerville, has been charged with attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

At 10:10 p.m. Monday, police responded to his residence in the 500 block of North 17th Street in Centerville for a domestic disturbance in progress.

According to court documents, Oposnow told arriving officers that nothing happened, but the victim reported that he had threatened to kill her.

Investigators say that Oposnow used a box cutter style knife and tried to stab the female victim, aiming for her throat, while she was sitting on the couch.

The victim was able to get control of the knife by kicking Oposnow.

Attempted murder is a class B felony and intimidation with a deadly weapon is a class C felony. If convicted of both charges, Oposnow faces up to 35 years in prison.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Ottumwa Courier and the Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@ottumwacourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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