Aaron Locklear, 54, of Antioch, (left) was arrested by deputies who recovered a large knife after a stabbing incident in the 21200 block of Route 173 in unincorporated Antioch Wednesday morning. | Provided Photos

Authorities say a suspect has been taken into custody after he slashed a victim in the face with a knife, leaving him with very serious injuries, near Antioch Wednesday morning.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:25 a.m. Wednesday to the 21200 block of Route 173 in unincorporated Antioch for a report of a domestic battery in progress.

Sheriff’s 911 dispatchers were able to gather information that a knife was being used in the attack and they alerted responding deputies of the information, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and were able to de-escalate the situation, Covelli said.

Deputies learned a 45-year-old man, who lives at the home, had been slashed across the face with a knife.

The victim suffered significant facial injuries.

Covelli said sheriff’s deputies requested an ambulance and the victim was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

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A preliminary investigation shows the victim and his family member, Aaron Locklear, 54, who also lives in the home, got into a verbal argument.

The verbal argument became increasingly heated and Locklear produced a knife with an approximate eight-inch blade, Covelli said.

Covelli said Locklear slashed the victim across the right side of his face, causing a very serious laceration from near his eye extending to his lip.

Alcohol appeared to be a factor contributing to the incident.

Locklear was arrested and transported to an area hospital for treatment of a cut to his finger suffered during the battery.

He was treated and released back into the custody of sheriff’s deputies.

Locklear was transported to the Lake County Jail and charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery causing bodily harm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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Locklear appeared in First Appearance Court Wednesday morning where Lake County Judge Raymond Collins ordered him held pending a detention hearing, which was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.