Hugo Gonzalez

Wife's slashed wrist leaves husband facing attempted murder charge

A Medford man faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly deeply slashed his wife's wrist while she slept, Medford police said.

The woman ran bleeding to the nearby home of Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hermant for help at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Hermant was awakened by the sound of a woman being choked in his living room and found Hugo Ernesto Gonzalez, 32, holding a woman, who was bleeding profusely from the wrist, to the floor.

Hermant pulled Gonzalez up and placed him in handcuffs.

The deputy's wife, Jesse Hermant, who is a nurse, immediately began treating the woman, applying direct pressure and a bandage to the 33-year-old woman's bleeding wrist, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Medford police responded, arresting Gonzalez on charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, and four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Hansen said.

The woman was rushed to an undisclosed local hospital where she underwent surgery for the deep cut, which cut through muscle and tendons all the way to the bone, police said.

Investigators determined that Gonzalez and his wife had argued at their home, then she had gone to bed. A short time, later she awoke to a searing pain to her wrist and found that she was bleeding heavily from a deep cut to her wrist. After a brief struggle with her husband, she ran to the Hermants, knowing that he worked in law enforcement, Hansen said.

"The quick actions of Deputy Hermant and his wife likely saved this woman's life," Hansen said.

— Anita Burke

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