A Denison man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly slashed his girlfriend with a knife Saturday.

According to a Denison Police Department incident report, officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of West Owings Street at 10 p.m., after 9-1-1 operators fielded a report of a domestic disturbance. Lt. Mike Eppler said officers arrived at the scene and located the female victim who told them her boyfriend had attacked her in the front yard following an argument.

“He picks this knife up and makes a threat to kill her,” Eppler said. “He then started swinging the knife around and wound up cutting her on the forearm.”

The woman did not require medical attention. The suspect fled the scene on foot but was apprehended nearby.

Eppler commended the victim for trying to leave the residence and deescalate the situation, but said any domestic dispute with the potential for violence should always be reported to police.

“If there’s anyway to avoid a potentially-dangerous confrontation, that’s what we want to happen,” Eppler said. “But, if that’s not possible, then people should certainly call us for help right away.”

Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com.