Man arrested, accused of stabbing at ARCH Monday night, police say

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Monday after a stabbing in central Austin at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, according to the Austin Police Department.

Police responded to the call of the incident at around 6:30 p.m. Monday at 500 East Seventh Street, which is also referred to as the ARCH.

Officers obtained surveillance footage of the area during the attack. According to the affidavit, the footage showed the victim being approached by the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Darnell Andre Esco.

Investigators reported that Esco approached the victim in an aggressive manner, to the point that the victim tried to put distance between himself and Esco. Investigators then say the surveillance footage shows Esco making a jabbing motion at the victim’s rib cage, before shoving him to the ground and leaving the scene. 

According to the victim, he realized he had been stabbed shortly after Esco left the scene. When officers arrived at the scene, the victim told them that Esco approached him saying he needed to “stay away from his girl.” 

Officers tracked down the woman in question who pointed them to Esco’s location. Police report they detained Esco, who told them he stabbed the victim because he felt threatened.

Esco was arrested on an aggravated assault charge. His bond is currently set at $25,000.

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