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Wade Mitchell Ridley, Scorned by Match.com Girlfriend, Arrested in Vegas for Attempted Murder (There's More)

Wade Mitchell Ridley (Official Police Photo)

Scorned Ex-Boyfriend Wade Mitchell Ridley Attempts to Murder Match.com Girlfriend in Las Vegas
Wade Mitchell Ridley
Official Police Photo
(CBS/KLAS/KPHO) Wade Mitchell Ridley was wanted for murdering a woman in Phoenix, Arizona, when police in Las Vegas arrested him Sunday for trying to kill another woman, whom he met on the popular dating site Match.com.

Ridley, 53, was charged in Las Vegas Tuesday for the Jan. 21 stabbing of  49-year-old Mary Kay Beckman, the woman he met online.

According to the police report obtained by CBS affiliate KPHO, Ridley was upset that Beckman's mother was trying to end their brief, rocky relationship.

Ridley reportedly told police that he "wanted to kill her" and "wanted her to pay" for how she mistreated him.

Ridley told police that he hid in Beckman's condo and repeatedly stabbed her when she got home, reports CBS affiliate KLAS.

Beckman survived the vicious attack and has since been discharged from the intensive care unit.

Phoenix realtor Anne Marie Simenson, another alleged victim of Ridley's, was less fortunate.  Phoenix police say that on February 10, Ridley attacked and killed the 62-year-old Simenson in her home with a machete and a butcher knife.

Simenson reportedly had a tumultuous relationship with Ridley going back to 2002, with each serving the other with a restraining order.

Ridley, who was previously considered a person of interest in Simenson's killing, was found driving her car when he was arrested in Las Vegas.

According to KLAS, Ridley faces a long list of charges in the attack on Beckman, including attempted murder, burglary, robbery, mayhem with a deadly weapon and battery.

He still faces extradition to Arizona for the murder charge against him in the Simenson case.

  • Caroline Black

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