TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A man has been arrested after a stabbing and manhunt early Friday morning in Moundville, The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Nicholas Lynch, 29, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault and one count each of first-degree burglary-domestic violence, attempted murder and aggravated animal cruelty.

According to TCSO Captain Jack Kennedy, deputies responded to a residence in the 11000 block of Greymont Boulevard at around 3 a.m. They learned that Lynch broke into the home and assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her two children. A man attempted to fight off Lynch and was stabbed several times before fleeing outside with the woman.

Deputies cleared the residence and located the children, who were hiding in different parts of the house. The family’s dog was found dead, but Lynch appeared to have fled the scene on foot.

A perimeter was soon set up and deputies used K-9 and drone units to search for Lynch, who was located in a wooded area and taken into custody.

Captain Kennedy is calling this a case of domestic violence.

“He beat on the door, making multiple threats including yelling, ‘I am going to kill you both,'” Kennedy said. “He broke into the house in the early morning hours while these folks were asleep, and an altercation happened.”

Kennedy is proud of his team for apprehending Lynch as quickly as possible.

“We investigate and bring charges when appropriate to anyone who violates these laws and that’s what we do here, our goal is to take dangerous people off the street but they do get their day in court to be evaluated,” Kennedy said.

Lynch is currently held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail with no bond.