A San Jose man was taken into custody Monday following a statewide Amber Alert after police said he stabbed his girlfriend and fled with their 2-year-old daughter.
The attack took place about 10 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of South 11th Street in San Jose, according to a news release from the San Jose Police Department.
Officers responded to a report of a woman screaming and found the victim had been assaulted and stabbed at least once, police said. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she remained in critical but stable condition Monday afternoon.
AMBER ALERT - Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Ventura Counties@SanJosePD IF SEEN, CALL 9-1-1 pic.twitter.com/gE4MSdD5ns— CHP - Alerts (@CHPAlerts) December 16, 2019
The suspect, Victor Magana, 24, fled with the couple’s toddler daughter, Bethanie Carraza, before officers arrived, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on behalf of the San Jose Police Department shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday. Magana and the child were located about seven hours later, and the alert was deactivated.
Someone recognized Magana and his vehicle when he stopped for gas in Cambria, and several people detained him until officers arrived, the San Jose Police Department said in a news release.
The child was unharmed. Child Protective Services officials were working to reunite her with family members.