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Dave Olson, Published January 05 2010

Alcohol may have been motive in Moorhead stabbing

Shortly after stabbing his girlfriend about 13 times, Eloy Cantu was seen by a witness holding a bottle of E&J Brandy and stating, “I’ve got the bottle now.”

That’s according to documents filed in Clay County District Court, where the 32-year-old is charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder.

Cantu stabbed 43-year-old Connie Jackson during an early Friday morning dispute at their Moorhead apartment, according to a complaint and search warrant.

Court records say:

When officers arrived at 214 16th St. S., they kicked in the door to get inside.

Once inside, they saw Jackson on the floor moaning in pain with a number of wounds to her torso.

Cantu was lying on Jackson’s head and shoulders area.

Officers ordered Cantu off Jackson. While placing Cantu in handcuffs, they determined he was drinking because he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and reeked of alcohol.

Jackson’s daughter told police her mother and Cantu had been arguing and the noise woke her up.

When she asked them to be quiet, Cantu told her: “Look at you, trying to play referee.”

Jackson’s daughter said she went back to bed, but got up later to retrieve one of her own small children who had left the bedroom.

Jackson’s daughter said she saw Cantu holding her mother’s head or hair with his left hand, while he used his right hand to stab her repeatedly in the area of her back, using what appeared to be a steak knife, court documents show.

Jackson’s daughter locked herself in a bedroom and called police. When she looked out a short while later, she said she saw Cantu holding a brandy bottle and stating: “I’ve got the bottle now.”

Moorhead police said Jackson was recuperating in the hospital Monday and they expect her to live.

Jackson was able to give a brief statement to police in which she said she remembered Cantu stabbing her.

Cantu made a court appearance Monday, and conditions of release were set at $500,000 bond, or cash bail.

During a search of the apartment, investigators found a bottle of E&J Brandy and a steak-style knife with blood on the blade, say court documents.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555