3 children kidnapped, father stabbed during Cobb home invasion, police say

Cops: Ex-girlfriend faces several charges; kids found in Decatur

A man was stabbed and his children were kidnapped after several people broke into his Cobb County home Wednesday night, police said.

Officers responded to a mobile home in the 6700 block of Mableton Parkway about 9 p.m. and found a 31-year-old man stabbed, Cobb police said. He told officers his ex-girlfriend and several masked men forced their way into his home, stabbed him and kidnapped their three children.

Clarissa Zuniga, 24, was charged with aggravated assault, home invasion and cruelty to children, according to an arrest warrant obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The warrant states that Zuniga facilitated entry into the victim’s home and “instructed four unidentified males to make unlawful entry.”

The alleged attack was recorded on home surveillance video, according to Zuniga’s warrant. Police said the victim was struck several times by a man with what appeared to be a crowbar. He suffered cuts to the head, bruises and multiple abrasions while in the presence of his three young daughters, according to the warrant.

Investigators were able to track down Zuniga and her daughters at a Super 8 motel on Church Street in Decatur. The children were safely recovered early Thursday, police said.

Three men were detained along with Zuniga and later arrested. Martine Chase Cuellar, Adalid Contreras Cervantez and Simitrio Andrade Garcia are each facing felony charges of aggravated assault and home invasion and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree cruelty to children. According to his warrant, Cuellar is accused of beating the victim with the crowbar with the help of the other two men.

Zuniga, Cuellar, Cervantez and Garcia are being held at the Cobb County Jail. They were each denied bond.

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