Arrest made in double Lubbock stabbing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/13/09

Arrest made in double Lubbock stabbing

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The man police call a suspect in a Lubbock stabbing is now behind bars.

As we first told you on KCBD.com, Brownfield police arrested 39-year-old Robert Joe Mata just before 8 p.m. Friday night. Meanwhile, one victim is listed in serious condition at University Medical Center while another remains in critical at Covenant.

NewsChannel 11 spoke with the Brownfield Police Chief Friday evening. He said it was Mata's family who told officers his location. Police say soon after officers took Mata into custody without incident. Mata is nearly 40 miles southwest of Lubbock in the Terry County Jail. We're told that is where he'll spend the night and will be arraigned Saturday morning.

Meanwhile two victims remain in the hospital, after what police are calling a domestic dispute.

911 Operator: "Who stabbed you?"
Caller: "My boyfriend Robert Mata."

This is the 911 call made by 46-year-old Susan Perez that sent first responders to the area of 42nd and Chicago just after 3:30 a.m. Friday.

911 Operator: "Where did he stab you?"
Caller: "Everywhere, I think I'm going to die."

Lubbock Police say when officers arrived they first found 33-year-old Jacob Mojica lying in the street. According to the arrest warrant, Mojica had multiple stab wounds and was wearing only socks. Just a few minutes later, police say they found Perez in a nearby home in the 5400 block of 42nd street.

"Please come I'm not going to make it," Perez told 911.

According to court documents, Perez was lying on the bedroom floor with multiple stab wounds including one to the throat.

911 Operator: "Where's he at?"
Caller: "He left? I don't think I'm going to make it."

Police say Mojica apparently got away from Mata and went across to neighbors for help. By the light of day neighbors cleaned up Mojica's blood from hours earlier. A neighbor tells NewsChannel 11 when he banged on the door she did not answer but called police, who were already on their way.

Late Friday we spoke with Lubbock police who say they will not know why this happened until they can talk with the victims. Meanwhile, Perez's son Eric says Mata is his mother's ex-boyfriend. He says Mata had been stalking his mother, who recently started seeing Mojica. Eric says his mother was able to open her eyes and write notes to him.

Mata is being held on half a million dollar bond. He faces the charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault. It's a first-degree felony, so if found guilty he could face five to 99 years or life in prison.

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