Man accused of stabbing woman set to testify against him

Man accused of stabbing woman set to testify against him

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A Newport man faces charges of kidnapping and intimidating a witness after police say he stabbed a woman in the buttocks.

The victim told Newport police she was walking on Dewey Street around 8:30 Tuesday night when her ex-boyfriend, 28-year-old Eric Dinwiddie, approached her.

She said Dinwiddie pulled a knife on her and forced her to go with him.

"He then took her into an abandoned house and threatened to kill her if she testified against him in an upcoming trial for a previous domestic violence incident," according to a news release from the police department.

Dinwiddie reportedly also threatened to "kill her family."

Investigators say he forced the victim to go to another location and stabbed her in the buttocks.

At that time, the victim ran away from Dinwiddie and called for help.

Region 8 News spoke with the family Wednesday and the victim's brother recalls seeing his sister after the attack.

"I heard screaming and we don't know which direction she came from but she was saying help me help me and she was bleeding. There was blood everywhere and she fell to the floor and I called 911 right away," said Timothy Helms, the victim's brother.

A few minutes later, Dinwiddie went to the Jackson County Detention Center and turned himself in.

Helms said this is not the first time Dinwiddie has hurt his sister.

He said he wants Dinwiddie to stay in jail and away from his family so they do not have to worry anymore.

Dinwiddie appeared in Jackson County District Court on Wednesday morning where he was arraigned on charges of kidnapping, second-degree domestic battery, and intimidating a witness.

The judge set Dinwiddie's bond at $100,000 and ordered him to appear in circuit court on May 11.

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