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The man accused of stabbing the mother of his children was arrested in Rock Hill by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night.
Gerardo Reyes-Campos has been charged by the sheriff's office with assault and battery with intent to kill.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his office worked with an informant and conducted surveillance on a home on a dead end street near Lowe's home improvement store in Rock Hill. The store is on Dave Lyle Boulevard. The State Law Enforcement Division assisted in Tuesday's arrest.
Last year, Reyes-Campos was deported from Lancaster to Mexico after being charged with criminal domestic violence in a case involving Diane Trejo and cocaine distribution charges.
“We're going to have him prosecuted through the federal system because he has been deported three separate times,” Faile said.
Authorities don't believe Reyes-Campos left the country after the stabbing.
According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, deputies were called to the home of Trejo, 22, and Reyes-Campos on Feb. 19.
Officers found Trejo sitting on the front porch of the home, bleeding heavily from her neck and hands.
Authorities said Trejo and Reyes-Campos had been arguing about a cell phone call. Reyes-Campos grabbed a large kitchen knife and began stabbing Trejo in the face, neck and hands, the report said.
Trejo was able to get to the front door and collapsed on the front porch. She suffered a cut 3-inches deep on her neck from the back of her head, near her spine, to the front of her neck.
She also had a puncture wound near the base of her skull and numerous cuts and puncture wounds where she tried to defend herself, Faile said.
After the stabbing, Reyes-Campos took the couple's children away in his SUV and authorities issued an AMBER alert. The children were found unharmed at Westway Apartments on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster the next day.
Trejo was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia and underwent surgery.
Trejo is now out of the hospital and recovering from her injuries, Faile said.
Reyes-Campos is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He has been denied bond and a hold has been placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We hope he stays behind bars,” Faile said. “If we get the feds to prosecute the deportation stuff, it will carry a lot more time. We need to keep him in jail, instead of sending him back to Mexico and him coming back in a couple of weeks.”
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