Brutal Stabbing Kills One and Leaves Another Clinging to Life - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/18/05

Brutal Stabbing Kills One and Leaves Another Clinging to Life

Lubbock Sheriff's Office Lubbock Sheriff's Office

One man is dead and another remains in critical condition following a brutal stabbing in Lubbock Sunday night. The suspect is behind bars, but police say the motive is still unclear.

It apparently started as an argument between two Copper Caboose employees and a former employee, in the parking lot of the restaurant.

21-year-old Hector Villareal and 22-year-old Jason Delarosa were already in their car when the former employee, Ismael Diaz approached them. 26-year-old Diaz pulled a knife and brutally stabbed Villareal several times. Villareal then ran back into Copper Caboose calling for help but he later died at University Medical Center.

Diaz then ran after 22-year-old Jason Delarosa and stabbed him. Delarosa's family has advised UMC not to give out updates on his condition. However police have said his condition is critical, but as of late Monday afternoon, it's stabilized.

"They are great guys, Hector was doing great job for us in the month that he's been here and Jason of course we wouldn't have kept him for four years if he wasn't a good cook. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families," said Johnny Garcia, Copper Caboose General Manager.

The General Manager at Caboose says both men had been off work for about 20 minutes, when Hector came running back in. He said employees there remain shocked.

Meanwhile Ismael Diaz was held back by restaurant patrons until police arrived on the scene. He was then arrested and has since been charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Police are still investigating what happened, but people at Copper Caboose, are referring to the stabbing as a robbery attempt.

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