It’s a story Americans have heard numerous times – an illegal immigrant who had been deported numerous times returns to the United States and commits a heinous crime. In the latest case, however, a chainsaw was involved.
On Wednesday, Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas, an illegal immigrant who has been deported at least eleven times since 2005, tried to kill his wife with a chainsaw. Their three children witnessed the attack, which took place at their home in Chula Vista, near San Diego.
Alvarez-Villegas reportedly fled the scene, leaving the wife severely injured with chainsaw wounds to the chest. She underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Police found Alvarez-Villegas in his car the next day, and he managed to ram a police car in an effort to escape before he was arrested without anyone else being hurt.
Alvarez has a long record of being deported and returning to the U.S., according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Mr. Alvarez-Villegas is a serial immigration violator who has been removed from the United States 11 times since 2005,” an ICE spokesperson said, according to NBC 7 San Diego.
The incident began Wednesday, when police in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier responded to a domestic violence call and found Alvarez’s wife inside their home with chest wounds caused by a chainsaw. The next day, Chula Vista police pulled over Alvarez in an SUV that had been reported stolen in Los Angeles.
Alvarez allegedly tried to ram a police car during the traffic stop, but officers were able to arrest him without any injuries, Chula Vista Police Lt. Kenny Heinz said, according to NBC 7.
Even though California is a sanctuary state, it is expected that authorities will honor the retainer on Alvarez-Villegas ICE has issued, and not let him go.
Immigration officials have lodged a retainer for Alvarez with the Whittier jail, where he is being held on suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Alvarez’s wife was transported to a local trauma center for surgery. She is expected to survive.
The couple’s children, ages 10, 8 and 5, were not hurt and have been placed into protective custody.
Watch this local news story about the attack.
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