A suspect being held in Texas for allegedly stabbing a man and threatening a woman weeks ago is now accused of murder after the victim passed away from his injuries, authorities said.
Around 9 a.m. on May 8, police in Burnet responded to a restaurant about an assault in progress, according to a probable cause arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Tribune.
Officers arriving on the scene found a woman in a car outside the restaurant and a man, identified as 55-year-old John Hawkins, suffering multiple stab wounds and lying on the floor in the restaurant’s kitchen.
Police detained a second man, Daniel Smith Sr., 57, holding a knife and walking away from the restaurant.
Officers reviewed surveillance video that allegedly shows Smith outside the establishment watching Hawkins and the woman before he pulls out a large knife and rushes at Hawkins, police wrote in a murder arrest warrant, The Daily Tribune reported.
The warrant states Smith then allegedly went into the restaurant, held a knife to the woman — who claimed in the past that the suspect previously had harassed her at the business, police said — and demanded she “say goodbye.”
While Smith allegedly was threatening the woman, a bloodied Hawkins entered the kitchen carrying a hoe, which he used to hit Smith in the head, causing the alleged attacker to drop his weapon.
Smith, however, pulled out a second knife and allegedly used it to stab Hawkins multiple times, police said.
Hawkins was airlifted to a medical facility in the Austin area, and police initially charged Smith with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Law enforcement officials recently announced they were also charging the suspect with murder after the victim died from his injuries on May 21, according to The Daily Tribune.
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