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LA MESA -- A domestic dispute early Sunday morning escalated into a fight with extended family members and led to a stabbing that left one man in the hospital in critical condition. Police said a brother coming to the defense of his sister was attacked and seriously injured.
La Mesa police said that at 1:43 a.m. they received a report of a stabbing that had occurred in the 7100 block of Waite Drive. When officers arrived, they found a 21-year-old male victim lying near a sidewalk and rendered treatment. A perimeter was set up on the apartment and a suspect surrendered shortly after. During the investigation, it was discovered that an altercation between 28-year-old Mark Hernandez Cervantes of San Diego and his girlfriend had occurred prior to the stabbing. During that altercation, Cervantes allegedly choked his girlfriend until she lost consciousness and threw her against a closet. When she regained consciousness, the female called her mother, who came to the apartment with the female’s brother. The female victim did not require medical attention.
The brother and the suspect got into a verbal argument that turned physical inside the apartment. At some point, the suspect grabbed a knife and allegedly stabbed the brother in the chest and leg. The victim was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. According to the hospital, the victim is in critical but stable condition at this time. The suspect was arrested on the following charges and booked at San Diego County Jail.
Cervantes was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Injury, Domestic Violence and Criminal Threats.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.