The couple visited Coronado beach earlier that evening and got into an argument that escalated when the suspect, Jose Luis Mares III, allegedly began attacking his wife. The woman was able to escape and call the police to report that her husband tried to kill her just before 9 p.m., the local police said.
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The cops reported that when they arrived at the scene, they found a badly injured woman on the sidewalk. During the attack, Mares threw his wife into the ocean and then brought her near a lifeguard tower, where he tried to bury her alive, the police and KSWB-TV reported.
“She said there was a hole in the ground and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day,” detective Ryan Brennan of the Coronado Police Department told the outlet. “But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her.”
Cops found Mares a short while later hiding in the backyard of a home nearby and arrested him on suspicion of murder, authorities said. He was charged with attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment and a parole violation.
According to the California Department of Correction, Mares was previously convicted for carjacking and burglary.