Suspect still sought in abduction, stabbing case

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By Jenny Hartley

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man accused of stabbing the mother of his children.

Maj. David Belk said the sheriff’s office has not received any information about where Gerardo Reyes-Campos might be.

“We haven’t gotten any leads on Campos,” Belk said Tuesday. “We don’t have anything. Nothing.”

Officers have issued a warrant charging Reyes-Campos with assault and battery with intent to kill, Belk said. He has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database, so if he arrested somewhere else, Lancaster County authorities will be notified.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to the home of Diane Trejo, 22, and Reyes-Campos, 29, about 6 p.m. Thursday.

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 and Reyes-Campos had been living together and have three children. Investigators say after the stabbing, Reyes-Campos put the couple’s two daughters into his car and left the house.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Thursday night for the children –  Destiny Reyes, 13 months, and Melanie Reyes, 3. They were found unharmed about 3 p.m. Friday at Westway Apartments on Memorial Park Road. The sheriff’s office received tips that the children were at the apartment complex.

A relative took custody of the couple’s 5-year-old son, who had been staying at a neighbor’s house at the time of the stabbing. Relatives have also taken custody of the other two children.

Trejo 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.

She was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, where she underwent surgery. She was not listed in the Columbia hospital’s system Tuesday.

Last year, Reyes-Campos was deported from Lancaster County to Mexico after being charged with criminal domestic violence in a case involving Trejo and cocaine distribution charges.

Residents should continue to be on the lookout for a tan, 2000 Isuzu Trooper with South Carolina tags BJD 238. Residents should call 911 immediately if they see Reyes-Campos or the SUV.

Anyone with information about the case may also call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-3388.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151