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Austin Investigate Fatal Double Stabbing In Southeast Austin
Homicide detectives are investigating a fatal double stabbing in Southeast Austin early Monday morning.
Police officials say around 3:20 a.m. Monday officers received a 911 call about a disturbance at the Country Garden Inn and Suites on I-35 near Woodward. When they arrived on scene, officers say EMS had already transported two men to Brackenridge. Dispatch tells us they were stabbed. One man, who police describe as a white male in his 20s, died at the hospital. The other man, who police describe as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police would not confirm whether or not a weapon was found or what type of weapon or weapons were used, only to say there was a “large disturbance” involving at least three to four men. They believe the men were staying at the motel but were unaware of the relationship between them. Police said the incident happened outside the room but could not say where specifically. Officers did confirm least one of the people involved was found in front of the motel’s front office. Forensics unit members were taking pictures by a nearby vending machine, outside the swimming pool, and were going in and out of a room on the bottom floor.
An APD spokesperson said police believe the person responsible for the crime was not one of the two men injured or killed. He said no arrests had been made as of early Monday morning, but they could not say whether or not the suspect was still on the loose because officers were still talking to others in the group to piece together what happened. They are not actively looking for anyone or canvassing nearby neighborhoods and believe it was an isolated incident.
As the sun came up, homicide detectives were inside the front office of the motel with what appeared to be two employees, reviewing a video monitor behind the front desk. Earlier police could not say whether or not there was surveillance video.
Officials tell us homicide detectives will go door to door and talk to any motel guests. If the guests need to leave, police will escort them out.
By Adam Bennett