A man suspected of seriously injuring his wife in Whittier with a chainsaw in front of their three young children had been deported from the U.S. nearly a dozen times in the past 13 years, immigration officials announced Friday.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times Alejandro Alvarez, 32, is “a serial immigration violator who has been removed from the United States 11 times since 2005.”
The Times reported that in 2013 Alvarez was convicted on separate drug and drunken driving charges and ICE has requested local authorities notify immigration officials before Alvarez is released to allow them to take him into custody.
Alvarez was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the 3100 block of Main Street in Chula Vista by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, said Whittier police Sgt. John Scoggins.
Whittier police were sent about 3 p.m. Wednesday to the 7700 block of Milton Avenue on a report of “an attempted murder stemming from a domestic violence incident,” Scoggins said.
“When officers arrived they found a female adult suffering from traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw,” he said. “The victim was transported to a local trauma center.”
Two of the children, who are between the ages of 5 and 10, were covered in blood, ABC7 reported.
The injured woman underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, according to Scoggins, who said the chainsaw allegedly used in the attack was recovered.