BPD: Jealous ex-boyfriend stabbed Bradenton woman

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 21, 2014 

BRADENTON -- A man charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend was ordered to remain in jail by a judge Tuesday afternoon.

Erasto Sanchez, 24, is charged with attempted murder and resisting arrest after investigators say he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home, waited for her to come home and then stabbed her as many as 30 times because he suspected she was involved with another man.

Police say Sanchez admitted to the stabbing. Sanchez reportedly said his intention was to kill the victim, then himself.

Sanchez had custody of a child he has in common with the victim. Children's Legal Services petitioned the court for a temporary shelter for the 8-month-old child.

"The mother is currently in the hospital recovering from being stabbed approximately 25 times allegedly by Mr. Sanchez," said Jonathan Growick of Children's Legal Services. "The minor child was present in a vehicle at the time that the stabbing occurred."

Investigators say Sanchez broke into the home while intoxicated before the attack.

"Based on that alone and the egregiousness of that action, the child is at extreme

risk and potential harm in the father's care," Growick said. "So we are asking that court grant shelter at this time so that father will not have current custody of the child."

Judge Mark Singer granted the petition and ordered Sanchez have no contact with the child or access to the child's medical records.

Singer appointed Jennifer Layton from the Guardian Ad Litem program to protect the child's interests and regional counsel Elizabeth Boyle to protect the father's interests.

Sanchez will appear in court for a review hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Assistant State Attorney Pamela D'Agostino presented Sanchez's criminal history in an attempt to deny bond during the first appearance hearing. Most recently he was arrested in January for battery, she said.

"The alleged victim in that case is the same as in this one," D'Agostino said.

Prior arrests include failures to appear as well as a federal conviction for illegally entering the country.

"We the state believe that the evidence is great and the presumption of guilt is evident. He is a flight risk as well as a danger to the victim, the community and himself," D'Agostino said. "His intention was in fact to kill her."

D'Agostino also said Sanchez posed a flight risk.

The public defender tried to gain bond.

"I don't think that Mr. Sanchez is a flight risk," public defender Patrick Kane said.

Singer summarily denied bond.

Sanchez reportedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's home Monday and hid behind the front door and a television, according to police. He then confronted her when she got home and pulled her by the hair.

According to the report, a witness saw Sanchez stab her and tried to assist her.

The victim was taken to Blake Medical Center where she remains in stable condition. Her injuries include a punctured lung and kidney.

When the witness told Sanchez police had been called he reportedly escaped in a taxi cab but was found by a Manatee County Sheriff's Office canine unit in a wooded area in Palmetto.

Sanchez moved out of the home he shared with the victim in January because of the domestic violence charge and was court-ordered to stay away from the victim.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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