A man is behind bars for allegedly stabbing another man before hiding out in a brushy area in an attempt to avoid being caught.
Authorities with the Cameron County Sheriff's Department arrested Baldomero Pena, 55, for stabbing a man on his chest in Harlingen, sending him to the hospital.
Pena and the victim had been drinking and got into a verbal altercation, which led to the stabbing, a probable cause affidavit obtained by Action 4 News claims.
According to authorities, the victim said he had given Pena a ride and left him behind at an unknown location, which caused him to become upset.
When the victim was stabbed, he allegedly defended himself by punching Pena in the face several times.
Pena took off on foot after the fight and hid in a brush area about two blocks away from where the stabbing happened, the affidavit says.
The victim appeared to be have labored breathing as a result of the stabbing, and was transported to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
Pena suspect was also treated by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the scene for the injuries he sustained as a result of the victim allegedly defending himself during the brawl.
He was booked at the Cameron County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Pena's bond was set at $50,000 for the charge.