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POLICE: Louisville man charged with attempted murder and assault

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Richard Ricardo (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Richard Ricardo (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have arrested a Louisville man on charges of attempted murder and assault. Police say he tried to kill a woman with whom he had a "dating relationship." 

Richard Ricardo, 30, was arrested Friday in the 2800 block of De Mel Avenue, near Manslick Road, according to the official police report.

Police say that on Feb. 11, Ricardo allegedly approached a victim from behind and held her at knife point. Authorities say Ricardo then ordered the victim to go inside an apartment and told her he was going to kill her.

Investigators say Ricardo told the victim she would not be able to go court regarding a case that had been brought against Ricardo, where the woman was also an alleged victim.

Authorities say once inside the apartment, Ricardo "put both hands around the victim's neck and strangled her in his attempts to kill her." Police say Ricardo choked the victim three times. 

Police say the victim "experienced darkness, blurred vision and ringing of her ears."

Police records say the victim struggled and tried to escape to another room, but Ricardo chased the woman and choked her again.

Authorities say Ricardo ordered the victim to walk outside near his vehicle in an effort to make it appear nothing was wrong. Police say Ricardo suspected a neighbor may have seen him taking the victim inside the apartment. Once outside, the victim tried to get help from a neighbor.

Officials say Ricardo saw the victim do this and grabbed the woman tried to force her back inside. At this point, the victim struggled and fell to the ground. Ricardo then fled the scene.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for "bruising to her arm, a busted lip, severe pain, and swelling to (her) throat/neck area."

Following the incident, police say Ricardo sent the victim several text messages saying he was going to kill her.

Officials say Ricardo has been ordered to have no contact with the victim. He is also charged with tampering with a witness, terroristic threatening and violation of conditions of release."

He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $50,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 1.

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