LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a man accused of trying to murder his girlfriend.

Joe Covington, 45, was arrested Tuesday in the 3200 block of Preston Highway, near Audubon Parkway. According to a police warrant, Covington allegedly held the victim inside her home for several hours on September 8.

Police say during that time, Covington allegedly choked the victim until she lost consciousness. Officials also say Covington allegedly stabbed the victim several times in the area of her chest and neck.

Authorities say that after Covington stabbed the victim, he allegedly cleaned up the scene, gathered evidence and fled in the victim's vehicle. The arrest warrant also says Covington forced the victim to take a shower. Before leaving the scene, police say Covington forced the victim out of the home and left her on the porch.

The victim then called police. She was taken to University Hospital. Officials say the victim "suffered several stab wounds to (the) neck and upper chest which required emergency surgery."

Authorities say a surgeon stated "the knife came in close contact with (the) victim's jugular vein."

Covington is charged with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and robbery.

He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

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