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Immigration hold issued for assault suspect

Photo by WVLT Video

Photo by WVLT Video

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Federal authorities were expected to take a Gwinnett County man into custody, after he allegedly attacked his estranged wife with a knife in Henry County, in an altercation witnessed by two children.

Margarito Artega Recendiz, 33, of Lawrenceville, appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Judge Robert Godwin set Recendiz's bond at $5,000, and bound his case over to Henry County Superior Court.

Recendiz is charged with aggravated assault, and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Judge Godwin said Recendiz would remain in jail regardless of bond, because the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau has a hold on the suspect.

The assault that led to the recent charges reportedly occurred Aug. 8, 2010, on Honda Court in Stockbridge, according to Henry County Police Sgt. Mike Ireland.

"Mr. Recendiz went to the wife's Stockbridge address to drop off their child after visitation, and became involved in an argument with his wife, and her boyfriend," Ireland said. "Mr. Recendiz allegedly chased his wife and her boyfriend with a knife."

The sergeant said no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

A warrant application for Recendiz, completed by Henry Police Detective Isaiah Harmon, states that two children -- one belonging to the female victim, and another belonging to the boyfriend, witnessed the altercation.

According to a Dec. 27 arrest warrant for the suspect, obtained by Detective Harmon, Recendiz's "ex-mother-in-law" witnessed the alleged attack.

A Henry County Sheriff's deputy apprehended Recendiz Feb. 11, according to records from the Henry County Jail.