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A Carson man was charged Wednesday with fatally stabbing his estranged wife’s boyfriend in front of her two 4- and 6-year-old children in South Los Angeles.

Guillermo Hector Diaz, 29, was ordered to be held on more than $2 million bail, with his arraignment set Jan. 9 on murder and other charges.

Diaz allegedly entered his estranged wife’s apartment through a window and stabbed her boyfriend several times with a pocketknife in front of her 6- year-old daughter and 4-year-old son on Monday, according to Deputy District Attorney Brian Soo-Hoo.

The victim was identified in the criminal complaint as Robert Villagran.

Diaz is also charged with one count each of attempted murder, first- degree residential burglary and forcible rape, along with two counts each of resisting an executive officer and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

Diaz tried to break his estranged wife’s neck when she tried to stop him and prevented the woman and her daughter from calling police, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Diaz is also accused of raping his estranged wife during an argument about two months earlier, according to the prosecutor.

Diaz was arrested by Los Angeles police Monday and has been jailed since then.

If convicted, Diaz faces a potential life prison sentence, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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