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Man suspected of attacking woman with chain saw in Whittier is arrested

Man suspected of attacking woman with chain saw in Whittier is arrested
Detectives took Alejandro Alvarez, 32, into custody in the 3100 block of Main Street in Chula Vista. (Whittier Police Department)

A man suspected of attacking a woman with a chain saw in Whittier was arrested Thursday afternoon in Chula Vista, authorities said.

Detectives took Alejandro Alvarez, 32, into custody in the 3100 block of Main Street, where he was still in possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the Whittier Police Department. Police said he will be booked at the Whittier jail on suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit-and-run and grand theft auto.

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The attack occurred about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Whittier police responded to the 7700 block of Milton Avenue regarding an attempted murder stemming from a domestic violence incident, police said in a statement. When officers arrived, they found a woman suffering from “traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chain saw.”

The woman was taken to a trauma center and her condition is unknown, according to police.

Alvarez had last been seen wearing a brown “Hurley” T-shirt and dark jeans, police said.

Though the chain saw has been recovered, police said, Alvarez was to be considered armed and dangerous.

Times staff writer Alene Tchekmedyian contributed to this report.

3:45 p.m.: This article was updated with the man’s arrest.

This article was originally published at 6:55 a.m.

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