NORTHWOOD — A Dover man was arrested Thursday and charged in connection with the severe stabbing of an unidentified female.

Charles Paul, 53, was taken into custody shortly after 4:10 a.m at 224 First New Hampshire Turnpike in Northwood, where officers found Paul and a woman with multiple severe stab wounds to the neck area, officials said.

The woman’s injuries were described as life threatening, but Northwood police declined to provide additional details about her condition.

Paul was arrested and taken to the Northwood Police Department, where he was charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held at the Rockingham County House of Corrections in Brentwood in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bail.

Paul will be arraigned today in Rockingham County Superior Court.