Investigators release new details in Thursday stabbing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/09

Investigators release new details in Thursday stabbing

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New developments in a Thursday morning stabbing that killed two and injured a third.  Ruben Garcia, 27, is now charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.  Authorities booked Garcia into the Lubbock County Jail around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, following his arrest just after 2:00 a.m. 

A call to a fight in progress brought police to 2005 64th Street around 2:10 a.m.  When they arrived, authorities say there were a number of people outside the home, saying the man charged, Garcia, had stabbed people.

Police discovered three victims. Authorities pronounced Jessica Hernandez, 28 and Rudy Vela, 28 dead on the scene. EMS took Rachael Diaz, 36 to University Medical Center where doctors treated her for non-life threatening injuries. She'd been released by Thursday afternoon.

Police also discovered a 16-month-old child inside the home. They say that child was not harmed and is now with his parents.  Police say the child's parents were at the home, but were not victims or a suspect in the stabbing.

Investigators say Garcia got into an argument with others at the home.  Police now tell NewsChannel 11 that Garcia was at a pool tournament before the stabbing.  They say he got into an argument with Vela about the tournament and then the fight continued about a bottle of alcohol.  Police say Garcia felt disrespected and pulled the knife.

Investigators say Hernandez was stabbed trying to pull people out of harms way.  They say Diaz was injured while trying to stop Garcia from attacking Vela. 

Police found Garcia walking about two blocks east of the scene, near Avenue S and Vandelia Drive shortly after the call-out. Authorities took him to University Medical Center where doctors treated him for injuries, then police took him into custody.

NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the Garcia's criminal past.  According to records, from the Department of Public Safety, he's been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury, drug possession and other crimes out of Denton County. Those records indicate he was released from the Gurney Prison Unit in Anderson County in August of 2008.

Lubbock County Jail records list Garcia's address at the home where the stabbing happened.   Those records also show he's charged with drug possession stemming from Thursday's incident.

With Thursday's stabbings, Lubbock police now report 12-homicides within the city this year.

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