Residents, Police Address Rarity of String of Stabbings in Odessa

Residents, Police Address Rarity of String of Stabbings in Odessa
By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa Police found themselves in a rare situation this past weekend. They responded to three stabbings, one which ended with a man being sent to the hospital. Police say none of those attacks were connected. 

"We haven't seen nothing bad around here. Everything looks safe around here," Perla Gonzalez, Odessa resident, said.

Perla and her mother, Maria, have lived on the 400 block of McKinney in Odessa for 20 years. It was on that block where police found the victim, who said he got into an argument with a man while driving on Kermit Highway. He says he got punched in the face and then got stabbed. The suspect, an unidentified black man, took off. Maria says the neighborhood is always quiet.

"Here at my house and around here there have never been problems or anything like that," Maria Gonzalez, Odessa resident, said.

The second stabbing was on the 300 block of West Clements at Mr. Menudo. The victim, who was eating inside, heard loud noises coming from the parking lot. He went outside and found a man destroying his car. When he went to confront the man, the suspect pulled out a knife and then took off. The suspect is described as a 5'6'' Hispanic man in his 20's, about 170 pounds.

The third was on the 900 block of West 30th St. Police say the suspect, 34 year old Victor Marin attacked his brother and mother. He threatened to stab his brother with a cork screw and said he was going to kill him. Marin then grabbed a wooden stick and began to hit his brother again. He also shoved his mother when she tried to stop the fight. Marin was arrested on scene. Both family members got away with non-life threatening injuries.
Odessa Police admit, reporting to three stabbings in one weekend is definitely something out of the ordinary.

"It is rare. Any time we take all aggravated assaults seriously. A lot of times people are intoxicated on alcohol, or intoxicated with other substances other than alcohol. Or a combination of both," Public Information Officer of the Odessa Police Department, Steve LeSueur, said.

The two suspects are still on the loose. They both could face up to 20 years in prison. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call Odessa Police or Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.