Two men arrested in Sunday stabbing, victim still in critical condition

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ                                                    Marco Daz Alaniz                         Blas Villasanatwins


Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a stabbing that occurred just outside the San Benito city limits early Sunday morning, leaving one teenager in critical condition and fighting for his life.

According to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department, 18-year olds Blas Villasana and Marco Daz Alaniz were taken into custody Monday after admitting to their involvement in a fight that occurred on the 3000 block of McCullough Street during a graduation party that left San Benito citizen Christopher Gallegos, 19, in critical condition.  Gallegos’ brother, Sergio Gallegos, 20, was also struck by a Bacardi liquor bottle over the head but was treated and later released from the hospital.

A family member of the brothers had noted that Christopher arrived to the hospital nearly dead early Sunday morning, but that doctors were able to revive him after about 16 minutes.  He is reported to be in stable, but still critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

In a press conference Tuesday, Sheriff Omar Lucio said the two individuals were facing Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon charges. Lucio added that they will  also be looking into the additional factor of underage drinking at the party, and to see if anyone else will face charges for their involvement.

According to Cameron County Inmate records, Alaniz has a prior criminal background with charges involving theft and burglary of a habitation.



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