Sioux City stabbing results in attempted murder charge for Guatemalan man
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
A 27 year-old-man, who police say is in the country illegally, is behind bars, charged with attempted murder. The man who saw the stabbing unfold at nine a.m. Saturday, told KTIV he saw two people walking down the sidewalk near his home, when one of the men sliced the other's neck with a knife.
As the victim, 21-year-old Ruben Hernandez staggered into his home at 2311 Virginia Street, the eyewitness says the suspect ran down the road.
"And then reports came in from a neighbor that someone was running through one of the alleys and we had officers in the area, and we were able to make contact with the suspect, and it turned out to be the guy that we were looking for," said Sgt. Ryan Bertrand.
Less than an hour after the stabbing, 27-year-old Walter Omar Chij-Roche was arrested at the corner of 18th and Iowa. Sioux City police say the two men were fighting over money. Though they say Hernandez's wound was deep, he's already been released from the hospital.
"Nothing critical was injured. No major arteries or veins were cut, so it looks like there will be a pretty good chance of a full recovery for the victim," said Bertrand.
Police say Chij-Roche is from Guatemala and had been staying in the country illegally. He faces charges of attempted murder and forgery of INS documents. The investigation is still ongoing.
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