A Walmart employee attacked two people with a knife at the Princeton, Texas store Wednesday afternoon, slitting the throat of an off-duty fireman, and stabbing an independent contractor in the abdomen.
While McKinney Battalion Fire Chief George Cook was shopping, Walmart employee Nicolas Martinez walked up behind the fireman and stabbed him in the throat.
He also stabbed a man in the abdomen who was doing contract work for the store, Frederick Oswald of Princeton.
The terrifying scene happened in front of other customers and workers, then the suspect walked out of the store and into a field nearby. Police officers responding to the crime captured the suspect there in the field. In his possession was a bloody pocket knife and a box cutter.
The suspect was identified as Nicolas Martinez, 20 – who was immediately fired from his job at Walmart. He was charged with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and bail is set at $100,000. His immigration status is unknown.
FOX 4 News reports that there was already a warrant out for Martinez’s arrest:
Allen police had an active warrant for Martinez’s arrest issued for a similar incident that occurred at an Allen Lowe’s in May. The warrant was issued June 29, but police didn’t have time to execute it. Martinez was supposed to have a mental evaluation around the same time.
Three police officers responded to the call when the crime occurred. Chief James Waters of the Princeton Police Department and a fellow officer were just returning from filling in to help patrol Dallas streets while the Dallas officers were at the memorial service for the victims gunned down on July 7. The third officer was a Dallas policeman who was just returning from the memorial service.
When the responding officers arrived, Fire Chief Cook was trying to give aid to the worker who had been stabbed in the abdomen, and they didn’t even realize at first that Cook was stabbed in the neck himself.
Both victims have undergone surgery and are expected to make a full recovery.
CBS News reported that investigators say they believe the man targeted the fireman.
Within the past week, several “Black Lives Matter” sympathizers having been sharing a grotesque drawing on social media, depicting a masked man standing behind a police officer and slitting the officer’s throat. It is unknown if Martinez was trying to duplicate the crime.
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