According to authorities, the 30-year-old suspect stabbed his ex-wife a total of eight times with a six-inch steak knife. The suspect also allegedly used a closed fist to punch the victim several times.
After allegedly attacking the victim, the suspect fled the scene. He remained a fugitive until police captured him.
According to police, the victim was stabbed twice in the chest, twice in the back, three times in the legs, and once in the arms. Additionally, the stab wounds affected “vital organs” in the victim’s body. However, doctors were able to save her.
Although the couple is divorced, they were still living together when the incident occurred.
The suspect reportedly has a child with the victim. Additionally, the victim has a child from a previous relationship. One of the children reportedly witnessed the confrontation and dialed 911 during the attack.
The attack occurred at the ex-couple’s shared residence in Dover NJ on January 25. It took approximately two weeks for detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to locate the suspect.
Detectives found the suspect hiding in Brooklyn, New York. The suspect was apprehended and placed under arrest without incident.
After being arrested, the suspect allegedly provided police with a statement in which he admitted to the violent assault.
The suspect faces charges for attempted murder and aggravated assault in the stabbing. The suspect has also been charged with multiple weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The suspect is currently being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of a massive $500,000 bail amount. He has also been ordered to have no contact with either the victim or the victim’s children, pending the outcome of a restraining order hearing.
Since the suspect is an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, he will likely face deportation proceedings at the conclusion of the case and any sentence he receives.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Dover Man Wanted for Stabbing Ex-Wife Caught in N.Y., Report Says.”