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Wisconsin attempted murder suspect arrested Wednesday morning in Cedar Rapids

Canyon Thixton
Canyon Thixton

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Wisconsin man accused of stabbing his girlfriend multiple times in the face and neck last September was apprehended Wednesday in the Cedar Rapids area.

Canyon Thixton, 37, of Portage, was arrested on a warrant out of Portage charging him with attempted first-degree homicide.

Cedar Rapids police and the U.S. Marshals Services arrested Thixton shortly before 9 a.m. at a residence in the 3200 block of Kenrich Drive SW in Cedar Rapids, where he had been living under an alias and staying with a woman whose name has not been released.

Police said they had received information regarding Thixton’s whereabouts that led to the arrest.

Portage police were called to a home in Portage at 4:40 a.m. Sept. 11 where a 28-year-old woman reported being stabbed. Police said the woman had been sleeping when her boyfriend — Thixton — attacked her with a knife.

The Portage Daily Register in September interviewed Heather Lemon, the mother of three, who told the newspaper she’d been in a relationship with Thixton for a little over a year. She said he’d returned to their home from a bar, unable to walk straight, about 2:45 a.m. and later stabbed her at least five times.

Lemon said her 3-year-old daughter witnessed part of the attack and woke her siblings. She said she grabbed the knife after Thixton dropped it and left the house with her children, dog and some belongings.

Police said Thixton fled on a Yamaha motorcycle.


In Cedar Rapids, Thixton was found in possession of a handgun stolen from the woman Thixton is accused of stabbing, public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said.

Authorities said he may face charges in Linn County, though that has yet to be determined.

The Columbia County (Wis.) District Attorney’s Office is working with Iowa authorities to extradite Thixton to Wisconsin, Portage police Capt. Daniel Garrigan said. Thixton’s record includes three felony arrests in Wisconsin.

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