LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - All was calm and pleasant at a home on the 600th block of Stark St. in Lufkin on Thursday afternoon, but according to the people that live there, Wednesday night was a different story.
Detectives with the Lufkin Police Department are investigating an apparent home-invasion/robbery attempt that ended in a man being stabbed.
The victim told an officer that he was at his Stark St. home around 11:30 p.m. when he heard a knock at the door. He said he opened it to see a black male with a knife who then forced his way inside, demanded money and began attacking the victim. The victim said he yelled for his wife to get a gun and shoot the man.
The wife told an officer she got a gun as her husband asked and pointed it at the man, but she could not shoot him so she locked herself in a bedroom to protect the children inside the room.
The victim, who had been stabbed in the stomach and slashed on the hand and face during the attack, said he got away from the man by locking himself inside a bedroom and then going out a window.
Two men who also lived at the home said they both heard the commotion and opened their bedroom doors to see what was happening. One man said he shut and locked his door to protect children in the room, while the other man said he ran out the front door past the attack because he feared he would be stabbed, too. That man then flagged down officers who were sitting in a parking lot one block away on Lubbock Street.
The officers arrived at the home to find the victim covered in blood and walking up from the back of the home. The suspect had already left the scene when officers arrived. It is believed that he did not take any money from the victim.
The victim was taken to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Lufkin where he was treated for a 1 ½ inch deep, 2-inch stab wound to his right hip that required eight stitches, a laceration to his left ring finger that severed his tendon, artery and nerve and a laceration to his head that required three staples to close. He may need surgery to repair his hand.
After calming down, the witness who ran for help told officers the man who attacked the victim was one of two black males who gave the witness and a co-worker a ride home in a blue SUV (possibly an Explorer or Jeep) around 6 p.m. December 29 after their work van broke down on Old Mill Road. The witness said he and his co-worker gave the men $9 for giving them a ride, adding that one of the men spoke Spanish.
The wife told an officer that the man who attacked her husband pulled up to her home in a blue SUV around 4 p.m. Wednesday and knocked on her door. She said she told him that her husband was not home. She said he told her she was "Bonita," meaning pretty in Spanish, and then left.
There is no further information at this time.
Det. Kevin Jackson is investigating this incident and asks anyone with information to contact the Department at 633-0356 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS.