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A Pearsall man behind bars on narcotics charges has been identified as the prime suspect in a stabbing that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 5.
Pearsall police say they responded to an emergency call at a home on S. Mulberry Street around 4:30 a.m. Sunday to find a man they have described as being covered in blood from a stab wound.
According to a report on the case, the victim was found lying on the ground and investigating officers noticed the man had been stabbed once in his torso.
During an initial interview, the victim was able to identify 33-year-old Armando Chavera as the man who had stabbed him during a physical altercation.
The victim alleged that he was awoken by the sound of Chavera attempting to break into the residence. It was when the victim confronted Chavera that the physical altercation occurred and the victim sustained his injuries, according to police.
Emergency medical personnel transferred the victim to University Hospital in San Antonio.
Investigating officers later learned Chavera was in custody on unrelated drug charges.
Pearsall Police Chief Daniel Flores said a charge of aggravated assault was filed against Chavera Monday afternoon.
According to records filed at the Frio County Jail, Chavera remains in custody as of press time on Tuesday and was magistrated early that morning on the assault charge. A bond was set at $30,000 for the felony charge; a $10,000 bond was set for the possession of narcotics.
“Although we would like to make an arrest immediately, sometimes we cannot due to not being able to locate the person or having insufficient evidence or suspect details,” the police chief said. “Rest assured we work diligently to gather the necessary information and evidence to prepare a solid case to ultimately seek a conviction of the offender.”