Man jailed in W. Virginia after ex-girlfriend’s throat slit

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man has been arrested in West Virginia after his ex-girlfriend’s throat was slit with a box cutter earlier this month as she was taking personal protection order documents to a suburban Detroit police station.

Kevin Lee Vanaelst, 45, was being held Monday in a Charleston, West Virginia, jail awaiting extradition to Michigan.

He was arrested Saturday in connection with the Oct. 9 attack on the 34-year-old woman outside the Clinton Township police office northeast of Detroit.

She suffered minor injuries. Police said the woman is about 22 weeks pregnant.

Prosecutors authorized a charge of assault with intent to murder last Tuesday against Vanaelst, of Clinton Township.

Clinton Township police said Vanaelst was arrested after authorities in Charleston found his vehicle near a homeless shelter.

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