MIAMI – Miami police arrested a man Thursday after they said he attacked his wife and stepdaughter and then tried to stab and stab them during a domestic incident, authorities said.
It happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a house near the 6500 block of Northwest First Place, in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.
According to a Miami police arrest report, Manuel Antonio Leyva Castillo, 57, got into a verbal altercation with his wife after she brought a colleague to dinner on a previous date.
Hearing a noise in her room, Leiva Castillo’s stepdaughter tried to stop the argument when Leiva Castillo threw her against the wall and said, “If you call the police, I will kill you.”
The report said that after the victim asked Leyva Castillo not to disrespect her in her home, he started beating her.
Police said that shortly after he hit his wife, Leiva Castillo entered the kitchen, grabbed a knife and then hugged the victim, trying to cut her from the back of the neck.
After both victims ran outside through the back door of the house, Leiva Castillo grabbed a sword from inside the house, caught up with the second victim and swung at her, but police said an unknown bystander prevented the attack.
Both victims fled south after the attack until they found the officer and informed him of the incident, detectives said.
Police said Leyva Castillo fled the scene on a motorcycle, was later located and apprehended by the Little Haiti Problem Solving Team, and later taken into custody by Miami Police.
Leyva Castillo was admitted to the Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center around 5:45 p.m. Thursday, where he was held on $11,500 bail, according to prison records.
He faces charges that include two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery, and one second-degree felony for witness tampering.
Court records show that Leiva Castillo had a previous warrant for his arrest following previous charges of reckless driving and knowingly driving with a suspended license.
In South Florida, assistance is provided to victims of domestic violence. For more information, call 800-799-7233 or click here.
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