Caretaker stabs man he was hired to help

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PHOENIX -- A man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a couple he was working for in their Phoenix home Wednesday afternoon.

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According to the Phoenix Police Department, the 56-year-old woman was firing Benny Peralta, who had been hired to assist in caring for her 62-year-old husband.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, Peralta, 46, became upset and grabbed a dog from the husband's lap, who was seated in a wheelchair, and threw it against the wall.

Thompson said Peralta then pulled the man from his wheelchair and stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

The man's wife tried to intervene, but Peralta hit her in the head with a frying pan.

Peralta then took money from the woman and fled.

Peralta was arrested Thursday for an unrelated misdemeanor. He is charged with attempted second-degree homicide, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

Thompson said the husband suffered multiple knife wounds and was in critical condition and the wife received cuts and bruises but was in stable condition.