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Victim survives knife attack in Portage to testify against her attacker


PORTAGE (WKZO) -- A stabbing suspect who was shot by a Portage Police officer during his flight from the crime, has now been bound over to stand trail for multiple felony charges.

33-year-old Michael Machins of Chicago, had been staying with the mother of his child, but she wanted him to leave, and he had been threatening her.

Police say the argument boiled over on Dec. 17th as Ashley Gates testified she was being forced to drive him to Battle Creek.

She testified he pulled out a steak knife and began stabbing her and despite her wounds, she managed to fend off the attack and get out of the car, with her keys and her 3-year-old son.

He ran and was confronted by a police officer a few blocks away and was shot in the leg, and taken into custody.

Machins is charged with two counts of unlawful imprisonment and two assault charges. He is being held on a quarter million dollars bond.