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Man from Tigard standoff accused of attempted murder

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Court documents are revealing new details about a Tigard man who kept police at bay for hours during a standoff last week in Tigard.

A SWAT team finally arrested 45-year-old Paul Arnsberg after he emerged from the house on 69th Avenue with his hands up last Friday.

He's now facing an attempted murder charge for an alleged attack Feb. 28 on his girlfriend.

The woman told police Arnsberg became angry with her because she was supposed to have sex with him, but allowed him to fall asleep instead, according to police.

When Arnsberg woke up, she said, he grabbed her by the throat and said he would kill her, according to police.

The victim, who had been in the process of changing clothes and was naked at the time, passed out, and woke up as Arnsberg was moving her across the bathroom, police said.

Police said the woman was able to grab a knife on the bathroom counter and she stabbed Arnsberg repeatedly in the stomach, authorities said.

She then ran to a neighbor's home, where neighbors opened the front door and found the victim naked and covered in blood, the court documents said.

Police then searched the area for Arnsberg, but they later learned he fled the area and abandoned his van near Southeast 60th Avenue and Division Street in Portland.

He wasn't taken into custody until the standoff at the same home where the alleged attack occurred.

The victim told police her relationship with Arnsberg was "often violent" and that he had previously been arrested for assaulting her. Police said she had blood on her hands and red marks and bruising on her neck when they interviewed her.

Arnsberg was arraigned on the attempted murder charge Monday. His next court hearing is April 1.

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