FORT MADISON — A 26-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Nov. 28 during a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend.

Michael Alan Pauly, 1734 Avenue I, Fort Madison, was arrested Nov. 30 at the North Lee County Courthouse on an outstanding warrant for attempted murder. Pauly was arrested after he went to the courthouse on an unrelated matter.

Lee County District Associate Judge Ty Rogers set his bond at $50,000 cash only. He appointed Jonathan Stensvaag, a Lee County public defender, to represent him on the felony charge. Rogers ordered him to appear in court 11 a.m. Dec. 8.

Authorities said the 28-year-old woman suffered stab wounds to the back, but is recovering from her injuries.

According to a press release issued Monday by the Fort Madison Police Department, officers responded about 2:40 a.m. Nov. 28 to Fort Madison Community Hospital on a report of a stabbing victim being treated in the emergency room.

"Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, but were unable to determine what happened," according to the unsigned press release. "As officers continued their investigation in the following days, the victim was able to provide an account of what had happened."

The woman later told police she wanted to explain to them that night who stabbed her and why, but was "scared to tell officers the truth."

According to documents filed in North Lee County District Court, the stabbing victim was transported to the hospital by Pauly, who was at her side when police arrived and began their initial questioning.

"At the hospital, Michael and (the victim) spoke with officers and told them a story that was later found to be fabricated," court records indicate. "About 7 a.m. the next morning, police received a telephone call (from the victim's mother), stating that Michael Pauly is the one who stabbed her daughter."

Officers used that information to question those who may have had knowledge of circumstances surrounding the stabbing.

The victim and her mother later went to the Fort Madison Police Department for additional questioning.

During that interview, the woman told police she had been involved in an ongoing domestic disturbance Nov. 28 with Pauly that lasted several hours and included him choking, hitting, kicking and eventually stabbing her.

The woman told police Pauly threatened several times to kill her during the ordeal.

At one point, the woman passed out from bleeding caused by the stab wound and later woke up near Chalkridge Road with "Pauly pulling her out of his car by the hair, kicking her while she was on the ground and taping her hands and feet together," court records state.

"Michael then took her across the tracks in the 1400 block of 23rd Street and told her he was going to throw her in the river," court records state. "After faking passing out, Michael took the victim to Fort Madison Community Hospital for treatment."

That is when hospital officials notified police of the stabbing victim.

On Nov. 30, officers were notified Pauly was at the North Lee County Courthouse on a unrelated matter.

"As Pauly exited the courtroom, he was taken into custody (by deputies), processed and transported to the Lee County jail on a charge of attempted murder," according to the press release.

If convicted of attempted murder, Pauly faces up to 25 years in prison. He must complete at least 70 percent of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole, authorities said.