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News Release

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Domestic Violence Suspect Causes Serious Injury to Estranged Wife NR09531kr

Los Angeles:  An estranged husband attacked his wife early Wednesday morning, hitting her multiple times with a brick, stabbing and cutting her with a knife, causing life threatening injuries.

On November 4, 2009, at around 8:00 a.m., the victim, a 38-year-old woman, had just dropped off one of her children at school.  When she returned to the car, she was surprised by her estranged husband, 43-year-old Miguel Angel Amaya, who was waiting for her inside the car.  

Amaya demanded the victim drive him to his residence in the 12500 block of Telfair Avenue. The victim stopped in front of Amaya's residence.  Amaya asked the victim to reconcile with him, but she refused.  Amaya became angry and repeatedly hit the victim with a brick.  He also took out a knife a stabbed the victim multiple times before cutting her throat.

Amaya also stabbed himself in the neck prior to running from the location on foot. Responding Officers searched for hours for Amaya, but he was able to elude capture.

A photo of Amaya is attached and Detectives are asking for the publics help in finding him.  He is facing numerous charges including Attempt Murder.  He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and was reported in serious but stable condition.

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Miguel Amaya is asked to call Mission Area Detectives, Detective Edgar Villalta at 818-838-9810.  After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "CRIMES" with a cell phone or log on to and click on "Web Tips."  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD." Tipsters may remain anonymous.