Fugitive arrested in 2011 stabbing

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Authorities captured a Wilson man who was on the run for nearly a decade after he allegedly stabbed his wife and fled with their son.

On Wednesday, Wilson police arrested and charged 42-year-old Rey Fernando Bautista-Osorio in connection to the 2011 stabbing of his wife, who survived the attack. The couple’s son was found safe less than 24 hours after the assault.

Sgt. Steve Stroud said the Wilson Police Department received information that Bautista-Osorio was in the Botetourt County Jail in Virginia. Officials brought him back to Wilson where he was served with an outstanding warrant charging him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, Stroud said. He is being held without bond.

Stroud said the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force assisted police in the investigation.

On June 11, 2011, Wilson police responded to a 2:37 a.m. disturbance call at 1111 Arrington Ave. When officers arrived, they found Bautista-Osorio’s then-wife, Ma Natividad Piedra-Macedo, suffering from a stab wound to her chest, according to police. She was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment and survived the attack.

Bautista-Osorio also fled with couple’s son, who was 5 years old at the time, after the stabbing. The boy was later reunited with his mother.

On the day of the attack, Bautista-Osorio had dropped the boy off at a family member’s home in Durham, authorities said at the time. That family member then brought the child to Piedra-Macedo mother’s home in Duplin County, where relatives then contacted law enforcement. Wayne County sheriff’s deputies met the family and took custody of the child.