WHITTIER, Calif. – An illegal immigrant who is accused of slashing his wife with a chainsaw at their California home was previously deported 11 times before he was arrested Thursday in the gruesome attack, immigration officials said.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Alejandro Alvarez, 32, is a “serial immigration violator.” He has been deported nearly a dozen times since 2005, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told the Los Angeles Times. As a result, Immigration officials have lodged a detainer against Alvarez.
Alvarez is accused of attacking his wife in the couple’s home in Whittier on Wednesday while their three children were inside, police said.
Shortly after the attack, witnesses saw him covered in blood and fleeing in his wife’s car, ABC7 reports.
“When officers arrived they found a female adult suffering from traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw,” the Whittier Police Department said in a Facebook post about the crime.
Alvarez fled in one vehicle and then crashed a short time later, fled on foot and stole an unattended 2004 Mercury Mountaineer SUV, police said. On Thursday, he was arrested in Chula Vista in the stolen vehicle.
The chainsaw was recovered at the scene.
His wife, Gloria Mojica, was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. Consequently, she went into surgery Wednesday and was listed in stable condition Thursday. She is expected to survive, police said.
The 32-year-old suspect is expected to be charged with attempted murder, child endangerment, hit & run and grand theft auto, police said on Thursday.
Neighbor Darian Pickle heard the attack happen, Oxygen reported.
“They [the kids] just kept screaming and then I heard what sounded like a chainsaw,” Pickle said.
“We hear a lady scream, ‘Help me! Help me! Call 911,’ ” neighbor Enrique Avila told reporters. “She was going outside and I saw kids with blood and everything.”
According to records, Alvarez had a criminal history prior to his recent arrest. He was charged in 2013 with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of using or being under the influence of a controlled substance. He pleaded no contest to those charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.
He also pleaded no contest to driving under the influence.