APD investigating deadly stabbing in north Austin, person of interest in custody


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police say they are investigating a deadly stabbing in north Austin Thursday morning, and they have a person of interest.

Police were called to the St. John’s Square Apartment complex at the corner of Duval Road and St. John’s Avenue around 2:22 a.m. after someone found a relative who had been stabbed. The call stated the victim was unconscious and not breathing.

The victim, Julio Enrique Saqui Tzalam, 17, was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived, APD senior patrol officer Demitri Hobbs said.

Tzalam’s roommate, Marvin Bulum Pop, 20, was detained at the scene after officers learned there was an altercation between the two. The circumstances around the fight are still being investigated. Homicide detectives arrested Pop and are interviewing witnesses.

APD is asking anyone with information on this incident to call APD Homicide Detectives at 512-974-TIPS.

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