Stabbing suspect in custody after two months on the run


POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 4:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:51am

Two men are now behind bars after allegedly stabbing another man and injuring his grandmother in the process.

The attack happened two months ago on March 8th on the 200 block of Salinas Drive in Mission.

Ernesto Garcia Jr. and Ventura Villarreal--both 20 years old--showed up to the victim's home armed with knives.

The suspects reportedly stabbed the young man twice.  His grandmother tried to intervene.

"Before they took off, [his] grandma tried to stop the scuffle, and she got pushed and her shoulder got broken," explained Sgt. Manny Casas with the Mission Police Department.

Police located and arrested Garcia Jr. about two and a half weeks after the attack.

Investigators could not locate Villarreal--that's because he fled to Corpus Christi where his mom lives and only turned himself in just recently.

"We couldn't find him in the Valley," said Casas.  "No one was talking, so what ended up happening was that his own mother convinced him to turn himself in and just pay the consequences."

The exact cost of those consequences: one million dollars.

Villarreal and Garcia Jr. are both charged with two counts of burglary of habitation, with a $500,000 bond tied to each charge.

"Usually for burglary it's not gonna be that high, but because of the severity of what they went in to do, that's something that should be taken serious," Casas said.

The male victim revealed scars down his abdomen from the stabbing and said that he had previously been in an altercation with the two suspects, which is likely the reason that they came after him.

His grandmother is still recovering from that broken shoulder injury she sustained that night.

Both victims are relieved to know that these two men are finally behind bars.

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