San Diego man arrested, suspected of choking girlfriend, stabbing her brother

Crime occurred in 7100 block of Waite Dr., La Mesa

LA MESA, Calif. - A 28-year-old San Diego man who allegedly choked his girlfriend until she lost consciousness, then severely stabbed her brother, was arrested early Sunday, La Mesa police said.

Mark Hernandez Cervantes was booked into San Diego Central Jail for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, domestic violence and making criminal threats, according to La Mesa police.

The suspect and his girlfriend got into an altercation, in which he allegedly choked her until she lost consciousness then threw her against a closet. Police were called about 1:45 a.m., according to La Mesa police Lt. Ray Sweeney.

The woman regained consciousness and called her mother, who showed up with the woman's brother to the apartment in the 7100 block of Waite Drive near Violet Street, Sweeney said.

A fight ensued between Cervantes and his girlfriend's 21-year-old brother. At some point, the suspect grabbed a knife and allegedly stabbed the younger man’s chest and leg, according to Sweeney. The lieutenant said the officers found the wounded man lying near a sidewalk and rendered aid.

Officers set up a perimeter, but after a short time Cervantes surrendered to police, Sweeney said.

The brother was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery, according to Sweeney. Although in critical condition, he had stable life signs, authorities said.

The sister did not require medical attention.

Sweeney said the investigation was ongoing and asked anyone with information to call police at 619-667-1400 or contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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