ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The suspect arrested after a stabbing and assault that injured five people at a Cinco de Mayo event in Abilene has been identified.
Miguel Carrillo, 19, has been charged with five counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection to the incident, which happened at St. Vincent Palotti Catholic Church on the 2500 block of Westview Drive around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police told KTAB and KRBC the victims were all attending the outdoor celebration, which featured multiple events, including a car show, softball game, vendor fair, live music, and more, when they were stabbed and attacked by Carrillo.
Three of the stabbing victims were hospitalized. Police say two will be released and the third will remain to receive treatment for more serious injuries. The fourth victim sustain cuts to his face and did not require treatment, and a fifth victim was punched but sustained minor injuries as well.
All the victims told police they did not recognize Carrillo, who was also hospitalized during the incident, and this does appear to be a random attack.
The victim who sustained cuts told KTAB and KRBC he was fixing a headlight on his car that was parked by the church when Carrillo walked by a group he was talking to and stabbed one of the members.
The victim and other witnesses chased Carrillo down, and that’s when Carrillo slashed the victim across his face and neck.
Taylor County deputies, who were working security at the event, were then able to take Carrillo into custody. He is currently being held in the Taylor County Jail without bond.
“The Department is appreciative for the assistance from citizens who risked their lives to restrain this suspect,” says Abilene Police Chief Marcus Dudley. “We are thankful for the Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies who were on the scene and immediately handcuffed the assailant. Attacks that are random are senseless, but fortunately, the perpetrator is in custody.”
Investigators believe Carrillo was under the influence at the time of the attack.
Church leaders addressed the attack during Sunday morning services, offering their condolences to the victims.
“Violence is everywhere and last night it hit us,” said Father Emilio Sosa, pastor of St. Vincent Palloti Catholic Church during mass. “Our thoughts and our prayers are with all those involved in the situation last night.”
Day two of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations are set to continue at St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church Sunday.
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