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Suspect On the Run for 8 Years Jailed

A 43-year-old man wanted in connection with the stabbing of his girlfriend in 2004 in Huntington Park is in jail Wednesday after eluding arrest for more than eight years.

Juan Jose Vargas allegedly stabbed his girlfriend several times at the home he shared with her in the 6200 block of Marbrisa Avenue on Nov. 21, 2004, said Lt. Neal Mongan of the Huntington Park Police Department.

Vargas fled before police arrived and the girlfriend survived, Mongan said.

Huntington Park police tried for years to locate and arrest Vargas and even obtained a warrant charging him with the attempted murder of the girlfriend. He may have fled the country, Mongan said.

Police learned about two weeks ago Vargas was being held in Arizona after being detained by the U.S. Border Patrol while trying to enter the country illegally, Mongan said. Border Patrol agents saw there was an outstanding warrant for Vargas for attempted murder.

Huntington Park detectives obtained an extradition order and traveled to Arizona to bring Vargas back. He was booked into the Huntington Park Jail on a warrant with a $1.05 million bail.

The former girlfriend is cooperating with authorities.