Midland, TX – A 19-year-old man was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the multiple stabbings that occurred on Saturday night at Sam’s Club, according to the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.
Jose L. Gomez III was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder, with a $300,000 bond for each count, and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, that has a $100,000 bond.
The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Off-duty Border Patrol agent Bernie Ramirez heard a commotion while shopping and encountered an individual actively assaulting multiple people with a knife, including a two-year-old, six-year-old, and a Sam’s Club employee.
Gomez entered the store where he attempted to kill the family. A person — later identified as Zack Owen and a Sam’s employee — intervened and tried to stop Gomez from assaulting the family but was stabbed in the leg with a knife. As Owen continued to fight with Gomez, his fingers were cut with the knife as they struggled for possession of the knife. Then, Owen knocked the knife away and maintained control of Gomez until helped arrived, according to the arrest affidavit.
The agent identified himself as law-enforcement while drawing his firearm, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The agent disarmed the suspect and held him until Midland Police Department officers arrived on the scene.
The victims were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital. Three of the victims had been released as of late Sunday afternoon. The fourth victim was expected to be released later today.
The case has been turned over to the FBI.