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Thug accused of brutally stabbing ex-girlfriend in neck on football pitch

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A bloke has been accused of taunting cops by going on the run after he stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the neck.

Gabriel Ernesto Aceval allegedly attacked mother-of-two, Melina Romero in front of onlookers on a football pitch just minutes before she was due to play a match on Sunday, January 9.

Aceval was quickly named as the prime suspect by authorities in the northeast Chaco province of Argentina.

The 45-year-old reportedly approached Romero on the soccer field and quickly stabbed her in the neck before fleeing on a motorbike to a nearby mountainous area.

The woman, who he had been separated from for over a year, was dead before paramedics could arrive at the scene.

Police dispatched dozens of units to search for him as he allegedly admitted to the murder in a Whatsapp status shortly after the incident.

He also claimed to have planned to kill Romero’s two daughters – who are unrelated to him- but they weren't at the field at the time.

While on the run, local news site Télam Digital quoted an anonymous police investigator who alleged that the "psychopath" had taunted authorities early on in the hunt by sending them “absurd messages” adding that he didn't believe the man was regretful for his actions.

Authorities discovered Aceval hiding in some bushes on Wednesday morning.

Reports say he attempted suicide with a knife but police manage to restrain him before he could.

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Drone footage of his arrest shows dozens of police swarming a woody area in a field, before pulling Aceval out of the bushes.

Police also shared a video of the man being brought into an ambulance with white bandages wrapped around his face and head.

However, it remains unclear whether this was due to wounds after the suicide attempt, or to conceal his face from photographers.

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