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Owner speaks out following deadly stabbing in Donna

(Source: KGBT Photo)

A 16-year-old juvenile arrested for the deadly stabbing in rural Donna is no stranger to the area.

According to Hidalgo County Sheriff, Eddie Guerra, the teen broke into the restaurant on the northeast corner of Val Verde Road and Alberta Road in Donna through a window with the intent to rob the business. That’s when he encountered 69-year-old Arturo Hermes Hernandez and stabbed him several times with a large knife that he grabbed from inside the business.

The teen allegedly took some money and as he was leaving he was spotted by the second victim who recognized him.

"While the deputy was administering first aid, the second victim identified the assailant as the juvenile who he recognized that resides in the surrounding area,” said Guerra.

The sheriff adds that they have information to believe the teen was a frequent visitor of the establishment. However, the owner of the business, Arnulfo Sanchez, said this isn't the first time the teen tried to rob them.

About a year ago, Sanchez said the teen came with three other people. However, he wasn’t arrested because there was no evidence, but Sanchez added the teen would often go to the business and would stop by for food and water, which they would give to him. They would also give the teen advice.

The owner does not recall any of his employees having problems with the teen but Sanchez advises parents to pay attention to their kids.

The second victim is still in critical condition, but the case remains under investigation.

If you have any information, contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office at (956) 383-8114.

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