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Victorville father allegedly attacks family with box cutter

March 3, 2009 |  1:27 pm

A Victorville father who police said was under the influence of drugs and alcohol was arrested early this morning after he used a box cutter to threaten his girlfriend and injure his three young children.

Esteban Saracho, 29, nearly severed one of his children's fingers in the attack and left them with "several lacerations to their face, head or neck and their hands," according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputies were called to the Red Roof Inn in the 13400 block of Mariposa Road about 1:40 a.m. today. They said Saracho had chased his girlfriend out of their hotel room and threatened her when she hid behind another couple.

When a man from another room emerged with a rifle to apparently stop the argument, Saracho locked himself in his room with his three children -- a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and 7-month-old, the sheriff's department said.

Authorities knocked on Saracho's door and announced themselves, but "suddenly screams rang out" and deputies broke into the room through a window. Deputies apprehended Saracho, who the sheriff's department said had to be shot with "multiple nonlethal beanbag rounds" and a Taser gun "several times" because he resisted arrest.

The two eldest children were airlifted to Loma Linda hospital and the youngest was taken there by ambulance. They were in stable condition. Saracho's girlfriend is the children's mother and joined them at the hospital. Saracho was arrested on three counts of attempted murder, assault against the children's mother and aggravated mayhem. He also was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and failure to appear in court.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz