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Man Charged With Stabbing Ex Planned To Die Via 'Suicide By Cop,' Police Say

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A man was arrested today for allegedly sexually assaulting and stabbing his estranged wife, then fleeing in her car. Police say Luis Javier Cervantes, 25, went to his estranged wife's home in the 1600 block of North Parton Street in Santa Ana while no one was home, the OC Register reports. He waited inside her apartment for her to return. The victim came home early Wednesday morning with the couple's two children, ages 6 and 7, and put the kids to bed. At about 2 a.m., she moved to another room and discovered Cervantes, who confronted her about their relationship.

Police say Cervantes then raped the victim and stabbed her several times. Though the victim's injuries were severe, she was able to get away from Cervantes and call the police, according to KTLA. Cervantes allegedly told the victim that he intended to die via "suicide by cop." He fled in her car.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. The children were not harmed.

Cervantes abandoned the car in Anaheim, and detectives located it on Wednesday at about 7 a.m. Investigators tracked Cervantes to a trailer in the 2600 block of West Orangethrope Avenue in Fullerton and arrested him Thursday night without incident.

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Anyone with information should call the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-245-8542.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.