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Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested

At 2:48 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department received a 911 call from an 11-year-old girl who told dispatchers her mother needed help at their residence in the southern portion of the City of Carlsbad.

The girl told dispatch her mother had failed to pick her up after school. When the girl called her mother, the mother told her to call the police and to not come home.

Approximately ten minutes later, the girl arrived at home and witnessed a male assaulting her mother. The girl called dispatch and said her mother had a broken leg and needed help.

Officers and Carlsbad Fire Department paramedics responded and found the victim with multiple injuries.

The victim identified her attacker as her former boyfriend, 31-year-old Michael Carabajal. The victim stated Carabajal had forcibly held her against her will, choked her into unconsciousness and raped her. During the attack, the victim also suffered a broken leg. The victim was transported to the hospital and admitted for treatment of her injuries.

Detectives responded to process the crime scene and to conduct an investigation.

During surveillance, the suspect was located in the 7800 block of Calle Mejor.

Carabajal was taken into custody without incident.

Carabajal is expected to be booked into the Vista Detention Facility on the following charges: attempted murder, rape, kidnap, stalking, residential burglary, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery with serious bodily injury.

For more information
Chris Boyd, Police Lieutenant, Investigations Division, 760-931-2218 or chris.boyd@carlsbadca.gov

Police media contact
Jodee Sasway, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or Jodee.Sasway@carlsbadca.gov

March 21, 2016