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Man flees with kids after stabbing wife, deputies say

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VISTA, Calif. — A Vista man stabbed his wife several times during a fight and fled with two of their children, authorities said Monday.

An argument between the victim and her husband, identified by the sheriff’s department as Juan Gonzalez, 38, escalated to a physical fight late Sunday afternoon, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Dwain Washington.

Gonzalez took two of their four children, aged 1 and 3, from the apartment where the fight started and sat with the kids in a Chevrolet pickup truck for about an hour in the parking lot of the First Lutheran Church at 1410 Foothill Drive, Washington said.

The victim approached her husband shortly after 5:30 p.m. intending to talk to him as he was drinking a beer inside the truck, but he pulled out a pocket knife, got out and stabbed her, according to Washington. He then threatened her as she ran for help, and drove off, Washington said.

The injured woman was taken to Palomar Medical Center, and the couple’s other two children were taken into protective custody, Washington said.

Authorities added the two missing children to the San Diego Sheriff’s Missing Person System, according to the sergeant.

Sheriff’s officials described the suspect as Hispanic, 5 feet 7, around 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt and brown pants and was driving a white Chevy pickup truck with the California license plate 8W12407.

Anyone with information on Gonzalez’s whereabouts or that of the two kids with him was asked to call the sheriff’s department at 760-940-4551 or 858-565-5200.