A man suspected of attacking his wife with a chainsaw on Wednesday afternoon in the Los Angeles area was caught just a few miles away from the Mexico border on Thursday, police say.
Alejandro Alvarez, 32, was arrested in Chula Vista, California in an SUV that he allegedly stole after he crashed his own vehicle after fleeing his home, the Associated Press reported.
Police believe Alvarez attacked his wife, Gloria Mojica, 34, in front of their three young sons at their Whittier home, located in Los Angeles County. Mojica was listed in stable condition by Thursday, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles. She underwent a surgery on Wednesday night after the gruesome attack, and is expected to recover.
Neighbor Darian Pickle heard the attack happen.
“They [the kids] just kept screaming and then I heard what sounded like a chainsaw,” Pickle said.
Numerous neighbors reported seeing Mojica covered in blood.
“We hear a lady scream, ‘Help me! Help me! Call 911,’ ” neighbor Enrique Avila told KABC. “She was going outside and I saw kids with blood and everything.”
When police arrived they said that Mojica was “suffering from traumatic physical injuries.”
Alvarez fled in the family car before crashing it. Then, he allegedly stole an SUV which someone had left running, police say. It's not clear if Alvarez was trying to cross the border after the brutal incident. He will be booked on charges of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run and grand theft auto, according to the Whittier Police Department. His bail has yet to be determined. It’s not clear at this time if Alvarez has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
[Photo: Whittier Police Department]