Detective Lt. Richard Cantu said the Beeville Police Department has the name of a man believed to be in his mid-30s whom witnesses said stabbed the victim.
According to what was learned following the incident, the assailant walked into the business at about 11 p.m. and stabbed the victim one time. The victim then defended himself with a beer bottle, striking the assailant one time in the head or face.
The stabbing victim was rushed to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi, where he was reported to be in stable condition in the facility’s intensive care unit.
The assailant was described as a Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years old who was between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall.
Officers were told he fled the scene.
Cantu said the victim may have an injury to the face or head.
Witnesses said the man weighed between 215 and 230 pounds. Officers also were given a name but that is being withheld because he has not yet been charged.
Cantu said action initiated by the BPD and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission was taken to close down the tavern for seven days.
According to Cantu, the closing had nothing to do with the way the tavern was being operated. Management had done nothing wrong. The order was issued to protect patrons of the establishment.
Cantu said the incident could have been gang related.
Police also reported taking three suspects into custody following a traffic stop on drug-related charges Saturday.
Cantu said the arrests were made after an off-duty officer witnessed what appeared to be a drug transaction at the Stripes Store at 1911 S. Washington St.
The officer contacted police headquarters to report the incident and Sgt. Jason Alvarez stopped the suspects’ vehicle in the 500 block of Paul Place.
Alvarez quickly found a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle and had the BPD’s drug dog, Irk, search the vehicle and the immediate area around it.
The dog led Alvarez to a plastic bag of what officers were later able to identify as crystal methamphetamine.
The bag was found on the ground near the vehicle.
Cantu said 20-year-old Joe Rios, 18-year-old Norma Gonzales and 17-year-old Brittany Renee Yanez were taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and possession of marijuana, less than two ounces.
The controlled substance charge is a state jail felony. If convicted, the suspects could be sentenced to as much as two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.
The marijuana charge is a Class B misdemeanor. A conviction on that charge could result in a 180-day sentence in the Bee County Jail and a $2,000 fine.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.