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Police arrest man on attempted murder charge

Jose Luis Ortiz, 51

Jose Luis Ortiz, 51

Police booked a man who attacked a bouncer at the Bird Cage Saloon on New Year's Eve into the county jail on charges of attempted homicide, a Prescott police spokesman said.

A bartender told police that Jose Luis Ortiz, 51, entered the rear exit door of the bar when Travis Sanders, 27, a bouncer at the bar, approached him, according to the police report.

Sanders told Ortiz he needed to leave and pay the $5 cover charge, said Lt. Clayton Heath, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Sanders told police Ortiz argued with him about the cover charge, and Sanders walked Ortiz through the bar to pay the front doorman the cover charge.

About 20 minutes later, Sanders said he approached Ortiz in the bar to make peace, when Ortiz stabbed him twice in the stomach and the arm with a knife. Other employees of the bar subdued Ortiz, Heath said.

When police arrived at 11:25 p.m., they found a number of men trying to restrain Ortiz, officers took a knife from Ortiz, and handcuffed him, according to the police report.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center West treated Sanders and released him. LifeLine paramedics and the Prescott firefighters treated Ortiz at the scene for a broken nose when he stopped breathing and had a weak pulse, according to the police report.

LifeLine paramedics took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West where a helicopter flew him to John C. Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Phoenix for further treatment, Heath said.

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