A Californian who allegedly operates a surf school in Santa Barbara was arrested this week at the US-Mexico border on charges of brutally stabbing his two young children to death with a wooden stake in Mexico.
The children, a boy and a girl, both aged 1 to 3, were each found with multiple stab wounds – the boy was stabbed 17 times and the girl 12 times, according to Border Report.
The suspect, identified as Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, was driving a Mercedes-Benz vehicle when he was pulled over by border officials around 7 a.m. Monday while returning to the United States via the San Ysidro entry point in California, according to the report. noted.
Coleman had traveled with the children to Rosarito, Mexico, a town on the Pacific coast about 60 miles south of San Diego, and checked into a hotel room on Saturday, the outlet reported.
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Some press reports called him “Matthew Taylor” because Mexican authorities did not disclose the last names of suspects, according to reports.
The mother of the children reported her husband and children missing on Sunday after they had been away for 24 hours, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Investigators believe the suspect took the children to a ranch in Mexico early Monday, and then returned to the hotel without them hours later, the Union-Tribune reported, citing information from Hiram Sanchez Zamora, prosecutor for the Mexican state of Baja California.
Authorities say a farm worker found the bloody bodies of the children on the property on Monday, according to Border Report.
The farm worker said he saw blood splattered on the ground when he left his home, and his dogs led him towards the bodies, according to the report.
At least one of the children was dressed in diapers, according to the report.
The children had apparently been stabbed with a wooden stake, the Union-Tribune reported.
“To be honest, I cried. And I immediately notified my manager to call the police to come and investigate,” the farm worker said, according to Border Report. “I was scared and sad because they are little kids who don’t know any better. I hope they find out who is responsible because it is a terrible thing.”
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Coleman would have been the operator of Lovewater, a surf school in Santa Barbara. The school’s website Tuesday night still included photos of Coleman and his smiling family.
The suspect was being held in the United States, awaiting probable extradition to Mexico to face murder charges, FOX 5 from San Diego reported.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the case included the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Santa Barbara Police Department and Mexican authorities, FOX 5 reported.
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