AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stabbing another man during an argument in east Austin over the weekend, according to Austin police.
While on patrol, an APD officer reported that he was flagged down by a woman standing under Interstate Highway 35 at Cesar Chavez Street. The woman told the officer that there had been a stabbing and the victim needed help.
When the officer pulled up under the bridge he noticed a crowd of people standing around a man laying on the ground. Several people were trying to help the victim. When asked who stabbed the victim, several witnesses pointed to a man standing nearby, later identified as 28-year-old Theron Hines, who was immediately taken into custody.
The officer began giving medical aid to the victim until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived to take him to Dell Seaton Medical Center. Doctors there said the victim’s injuries were life-threatening and he was immediately taken into surgery. They said he had one stab wound in his chest directly where his heart was located.
Witnesses at the scene told the officer that Hines and the victim got into an argument over a woman who they say Hines punched in the face. The argument escalated into a “wrestling match” at which point the victim fell to the ground calling for help because he had been stabbed.
According to police, the scene was coated in a large amount of blood, and a blue folding knife was found also covered in blood.
During his interrogation, Hines told police he was having an argument with the woman he allegedly punched in the face. He said the woman scratched him and he pushed her away, at which point the victim stepped in.
Hines also told police the victim hit him in the head with a bottle, prompting him to stab the victim in retaliation. According to police, there were no signs of a wound on Hines’ head and he had not complained about pain or injury until his interrogation.
The victim was taken out of surgery in stable condition. Police have not yet been able to question him because he was put on a ventilator.
Hines has been charged with aggravated assault and his bail is set at $75,000. He has also been ordered to stay away from the victim and make no contact with him.