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A Grand Forks man allegedly stalked a woman he knew for several weeks and told police he wanted to kill her, court documents show.

Akmal Rashidovich Azizov, 20, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed the woman outside her apartment building. He is charged with attempted murder, terrorizing, stalking and criminal mischief.

Azizov told police he’d been following the woman around the UND campus and Grand Forks because he decided to kill her. He said he believed she was “the cause of all the stress and negativity in his life,” according to an affidavit for his arrest.

Azizov bought a folding pocket knife with a 2- to 3-inch blade to kill her, according to court records. The woman had cut off all communication with Azizov and did not inform him of her new address.

He allegedly planned to kill her on campus several times but “lost his nerve at the last minute,” court documents show. After an abandoned attempt Wednesday, he allegedly followed her home, records show. He lost the nerve to attack her, drove home and then skateboarded back to the 3900 block of Gardenview Drive to wait for her, the affidavit said.

Azizov allegedly smashed the back window of the woman’s car to get her to come outside, records said. He then ran toward her, grabbed her from behind and tried to kill her just before 5:40 p.m., police documents said.

He allegedly tried to cut her throat and attempted to stab her repeatedly after she fell to the ground, records said. A witness distracted Azizov and the woman was able to escape.

Police said she was treated for three non-life-threatening lacerations to her neck and several bruises and abrasions.

If convicted, Azizov could spend 20 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.

Azizov moved to Grand Forks about a year ago from Oklahoma, Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney Haley Wamstad said. He was born in Uzbekistan and is not an American citizen. District Judge Donald Hager said a conviction could lead to deportation.

He is being held without bond and has an order prohibiting him from attempting to contact the victim.

Azizov is scheduled to enter a plea Oct. 10.