CORONADO, California — A 23-year-old parolee was busted for allegedly attacking his wife during a stroll on the beach and trying to bury her alive in the sand, police said.
Cops in Coronado, California say the woman called 911 to report that her husband, Jose Luis Mares III of Moreno Valley, had just tried to kill her.
Officers arriving at Coronado beach found the badly injured women on a sidewalk and took her to a San Diego hospital for treatment of serious trauma.
The victim told investigators her husband had become enraged during a quarrel at the Coronado waterfront, assaulted her and then tried to drag her into the surf. He then took her near a lifeguard tower and tried burying her in the sand.
“She said there was a hole in the ground and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day. But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her,” said Det, Ryan Brennan of the Coronado Police Department.
The victim told police her husband repeatedly kicked her — then stopped and ran off.
“We don’t know what scared him away. Perhaps it was someone walking by,” Brennan said.
Police searched the neighborhood and found Mares a short time later in the backyard of a nearby home.
Mares was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment and violating terms of his parole. He was being held without bail.
Mares had previous convictions for carjacking and burglary.