Suspect arrested in downtown Austin stabbing

Crime

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Department arrested a suspect accused of stabbing a man in downtown Austin Friday night.

Eliot Garcia, 36, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Garcia stabbed a man he had known for years, according to court documents.

Those documents also revealed the victim had just gotten permanent housing, while Garcia was experiencing homelessness.

APD said Friday the call came in at 8:16 p.m. reporting a stabbing at Eight Street and I-35.

Video surveillance in the area showed Garcia pull out a knife during a verbal altercation with two other men and a woman. He was then punched by one of those men, fell to the ground and then he got kicked by another man.

Garcia then got up and walked over to where the victim was and is seen on video lunging toward him and the victim falls to the ground. The victim is then seen crawling into the street away from Garcia to an SUV stopped at a red light and tries to get the driver’s attention. A DPS trooper found the victim in the street.

Garcia later allegedly told police that the victim “deserved what he got,” and explained he felt the victim had taken advantage of him.

(KXAN/Tim Holcomb)

Police say the man who was stabbed was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Before the court documents were public, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted about the attack, writing in part that Austin’s policies are not compassionate for the homeless or anyone else.

READ: Gov. Abbott attacks Austin leadership over homeless crisis, outlines 4 step plan

Gov. Abbott followed that tweet with a four step plan that he called an easy fix to Austin’s homeless problem.

At last check, Garcia was in custody at the Travis County Jail.

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