Oceanside Police tactical vehicle
A Oceanside Police tactical vehicle at the standoff. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A 20-year-old man suspected of stabbing his 20-year-old wife was arrested Tuesday morning following a seven-hour standoff at an Oceanside apartment.

The man was spotted at about 5:30 p.m. Monday dragging a woman outside the Mission Hills Apartments on Rancho Del Oro Drive, north of San Ramon Drive, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Another man who witnessed the incident fired at least one shot at the suspect, who then released the woman and fled inside one of the apartments in the complex, Fox5 reported.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and deployed flash-bang grenades at about 10 p.m., the station reported.

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Meanwhile, the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of stab wounds to her neck and arms, Oceanside police Sgt. Josh Morris said, adding that her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Shortly before 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, SWAT officers entered the apartment and took the suspect into custody, Morris said.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Vixiano Chestertal, was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, according to jail records.

— City News Service

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