COPPERAS COVE — Police on Wednesday arrested a Copperas Cove man suspected of stabbing another man in the neck during a fight over a woman.

Justice of the Peace Bill Price arraigned Joseph Daniel Martinez, 31, on Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Price set his bond at $100,000.

The victim’s wife, who admitted having a prior relationship with Martinez, said she was driving Martinez to the 200 block of Manning Drive when the victim drove up next to them.

Martinez allegedly went inside a home while the victim confronted his wife, an arrest complaint stated. The victim then went into the home after Martinez. Both men were armed with knives, according to the complaint.

As the two talked with the weapons in hand, the woman got between them and convinced her husband to put his knife down, the complaint stated. She pushed the two apart when Martinez allegedly swung his arm around her and stabbed the man in the neck.

According to the complaint, Martinez said he was acting in self-defense.

In unrelated incidents, Price also arraigned:

Tiffany Kay Gauthier, 20, of Copperas Cove, on Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her bond was set at $8,000.

Micheal Gary Sander, 23, of Copperas Cove, on Wednesday on a charge of assault of a family member by impeding breathing or circulation. His bond was set at $8,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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