AUSTIN (KXAN) - Raul Rodriguez-Cortez, 17, was charged with stabbing his mother, Maribel Cortez, to death on Thursday night.
Police were called shortly after 6 p.m. to 1601 E. Anderson Lane, in reference to a stabbing. Rodriguez-Cortez was arrested a few hours later following a traffic stop in Blanco County around 10:30 p.m.
According the arrest warrant, an unidentified juvenile daughter of Cortez, 35, was told by Rodriguez-Cortez that he and their mother had gotten into a heated argument and he pushed her. He said this caused their mom to suffer a heart attack and die, and that paramedics had taken her away.
After her brother left, the child discovered her mother's body on the floor with a knife protruding from her chest in Rodriguez-Cortez's bedroom, the affidavit said.
Rodriguez-Cortez fled the scene in his mother's truck. After he was stopped in Blanco County, a search of the vehicle turned up Cortez's purse and wallet.
The report also said Cortez-Rodriguez had "extensive mental and emotional illnesses, and has made threats to harm himself and wanting to die." Investigators also learned from Cortez's sister that he made threats to others.
He was booked into Travis County Jail on Friday. Bond was set at $250,000.
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