ENNIS – An Ennis couple is recovering from stab wounds received during an altercation with a 29-year-old man, police said.
The incident was reported at 3:42 a.m. Monday, with police responding to the 1100 block of S. Smith St., where a caller told dispatchers a man was “cutting and stabbing” another man.
Officer Curtis Farmer was the first to arrive on scene, observing a male victim on the ground and a male subject standing over a female on the ground next to a vehicle, detective Sgt. Mike Hopson said.
“The male subject had the car keys in his hand and he was attempting to unlock the vehicle,” Hopson said, saying the officer exited his patrol unit and placed Juan Jose Hernandez-Gamez, 29, into custody, with officers Jeff Bates, Sherman Swafford and Fred Pontley also arriving on scene.
“They began checking the male and female victims, who were husband and wife. When EMS arrived, they flew the male victim to Parkland (Memorial Hospital) on Air Evac. The female, I believe, was transported to Ennis Regional (Medical Center),” Hopson said, saying the male remained hospitalized as of Tuesday but was slated to be moved from ICU into a private room.
At the scene, Hernandez-Gamez was observed to have blood “all over his face, arms and shirt,” with officers locating a knife on top of the vehicle, which belonged to the female, Hopson said, noting that the husband and wife had been separated, during which time the female met Hernandez-Gamez.
“They were boyfriend and girlfriend for awhile and then she decided to get back with her husband,” Hopson said, saying that led to the incident.
“The boyfriend had parked his car down the street,” Hopson said. “It was definitely a premeditated assault. Luckily, everybody is going to live.”
Hernandez-Gamez was booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a class A misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury, with total bonds set at $100,000. Hopson said Hernandez-Gamez also is under an immigration hold because he is in the country illegally.
“We contacted ICE and requested a detainer,” he said.
The investigation into the case is ongoing, with Hopson saying anyone with additional information is asked to contact detective Dorinda Clark at 972-875-4462.
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