A 39-year-old mother and her two sons who were stabbed in their Costa Mesa home had interrupted a burglary in progress and were attacked by the would-be thief, authorities said a preliminary investigation indicates.
The victims, who include 17-year-old and 11-year-old brothers, were hospitalized and are expected to recover, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. The younger brother sustained the most serious injuries and underwent surgery for stab wounds to his torso.
The suspect was identified as Israel Larios Jr., 20. He has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder in the attack, which occurred about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Costa Mesa Police Department released Larios’ name and new details about the circumstances of the stabbing in a news release Thursday.
Investigators believe the family returned to their home in the 1900 block of Wallace Avenue and interrupted a burglary in progress.
“For unknown reasons, the suspect decided to assault the victims with a knife before attempting to flee the residence,” the news release said.
The first officer responding to the stabbing call saw a man matching the attacker’s description fleeing the apartment complex. The man was being followed by bystanders, and the officer joined the chase to another nearby complex, the release stated.
The officer held Larios at gunpoint until other officers arrived. Larios had two knives on him, according to the release.
Larios allegedly became combative when he was being searched, and one officer’s arm was injured in the confrontation.
A Costa Mesa resident, Lario is due in court Thursday, jail records indicate.