Stabbing suspect arrested after standoff in Oceanside

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A 20-year-old man suspected of stabbing his 20-year-old wife was arrested Tuesday morning following a seven-hour standoff at an Oceanside apartment, police said.

A police drone is shown hovering near the balcony of an Oceanside apartment on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Authorities were in a standoff with a 20-year-old man who reportedly stabbed his wife in the neck.

The man was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Monday dragging a woman outside the Mission Hills Apartments on Rancho Del Oro Drive, according to Oceanside police. Police were dispatched to the complex on a domestic violence call.

Local authorities had also responded to a domestic violence call between the two on Sunday evening, but the woman, a Marine who was not publicly identified, declined to press charges, police said.

A man who witnessed the incident Monday reportedly fired at least one shot to get the suspect to release the woman.

According to police, the man stabbed the woman in the neck and the arm. He released her before retreating into the apartment.

Police spotted the man inside the apartment holding a knife and after nearly two hours of trying to get him to leave, Oceanside SWAT and crisis negotiators were called. The SWAT team tried for several hours to communicate with the man, even deploying flash bang grenades, but got no response.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and shortly before 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, SWAT officers entered the apartment and took the suspect into custody, police said.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Vixiano Cherestal, was treated for minor injuries before he was booked into Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Oceanside police. The man was recently discharged from the Marine Corps, police said.

The woman was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She is expected to survive her injuries.

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