By Jessica Donnelly and Brian Day:
WEST VALINDA – Two children called 9-1-1 for help while their father stabbed their mother seven times Thursday morning, authorities said.
Cesar Meza, 33, of West Covina is suspected in the attack and remained at large late Thursday, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John McBride.
“He’s on the lam,” he said.
Meza is believed to be driving a 1999 black four-door 1999 Lexus with chrome rims and a California license plate number 6LOW853, McBride said.
The 31-year-old woman was stabbed repeatedly in her upper torso and neck at a house in the 1400 block of Rama Drive, investigators said.
The husband, who was estranged from his wife, broke into the home at 3:05 a.m. and stabbed her with a pocket knife, sheriff’s Sgt. Gerard Valona said.
The woman’s children, 11 and 9, witnessed the stabbing and called the sheriff’s Industry Station during the incident.
The children’s call likely saved their mother’s life, Valona said.
By the time deputies arrived, the man had fled, officials said.
The woman was suffering from multiple stab wounds and was in critical condition, authorities said.
She was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and immediately underwent surgery. She later underwent a second surgery and was in stable condition, Valona said.
“I have every detective in the field working this case,” he said.
The couple had been separated for eight months before the stabbing, Valona said.
Anyone who sees Meza should not approach him and call 9-1-1 or the sheriff’s Industry Station.
Staff Writer Brian Day contributed to this story.