A Spokane Valley man was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the first degree after he beat his wife and tried to cut out her tongue.

60-year old Vladimir Pavlik was arrested last night in the 11700 block of East Alki.

At about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Pavlik was leaving the crime scene when he encountered Spokane County Sheriff's deputies. They were called to the house to investigate a domestic violence incident.

Deputies say Pavlik's shirt and pants were blood-stained. He initially refused to follow commands, likely because of a language barrier, but was eventually taken into custody without incident.

Inside the home, deputies found Pavlik's wife. She had been badly beaten, but was still breathing.

That's when the deputies found a knife, resting next to two pieces of human tongue.

The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. She remains in critical condition.

In court today, a domestic violence advocate said this isn't the first time Pavlik has been abusive, citing a previous incident involving a tire iron.

Pavlik's bond has been set at $1 million. He has also been placed under a no contact order. If Pavlik tries to communicate with his wife or her children, that could result in additional charges.