North San Diego County man accused of attacking girlfriend and her daughter

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) - A Valley Center woman and her 9-year-old daughter were punched by the woman’s boyfriend before the woman stabbed him, San Diego County Sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The report of domestic violence happened just before 11 a.m. Friday on Keys Creek Road, deputies said.

Raymond Rivera, 40, had strangled, punched and slammed his 30-year-old girlfriend’s head against a van window while they were inside the vehicle, deputies reported. The woman’s daughter tried to intervene but Rivera punched her, according to officials.

The woman left the van but Rivera got out, grabbed a portable air conditioning unit, and tried to throw it at the woman while continuing to chase her, deputies said. 

She removed a pocket knife and stabbed Rivera in the buttocks, said deputies. The woman called 911 and hid in some bushes with her daughter until a sheriff’s helicopter found them.

Rivera tried to run away but was caught by Valley Center Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Tingley. He was treated for his injury.

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