Denton police arrived at a bloody scene early Monday morning at the Jack in the Box in the 1400 block of West Hickory Street, where moments earlier, a Jimmy John's worker stabbed one of two alleged sandwich thieves in the stomach with a pocket knife, authorities said.
Alejandro Garibay, 22, was eventually charged with robbery while he was being treated at Medical City Denton for the stab wounds. He is accused of stealing sandwiches from Jimmy John's with another man and fighting the employee who tried to stop them.
The worker said he had just returned from a delivery at about 1 a.m. when he got back to the Jimmy John's restaurant in the 100 block of Avenue A, across from the University of North Texas campus.
He saw two men run out of the store with sandwich bags followed by a co-worker saying they stole the food, according to a Denton police arrest affidavit.
The worker then chased the two men down and caught up with them on the east side of the nearby Jack in the Box building.
A fight broke out, and the worker said he took out his pocket knife to defend himself. He ended up stabbing one of the men in the altercation, police said.
The two men then jumped on the man and forced him to the ground, police said. The fight continued until a witness saw them outside. The suspects then fled the scene in a black Chevrolet SUV.
Denton police took a report at the scene and probed local hospitals for a patient with stab wounds to his arm and abdomen area. The officer eventually learned the injured suspect, Garibay, had been taken to Medical City Denton, where he confessed to the theft, police said in the affidavit.
Garibay told police that he and his friend had been at the nearby bars and wanted Jimmy John's sandwiches. They saw the unattended sandwiches in the store, grabbed them and ran out, he said.
He said the employee "jumped" them.
Police arrested Garibay on a felony robbery charge after he initially gave police a false identity. He also had two outstanding warrants for speeding and not having a driver's license.
He was booked into Denton City Jail at about 5 a.m.
Man denies pushing wife into door frame
A 41-year-old man denied pushing his wife into a door frame over some cash Sunday before police arrested him on an assault charge.
The man, John Kang, was taken to Denton City Jail at about 2:30 p.m.
The victim, a 29-year-old woman, first told police about an earlier assault Saturday at a west Denton home in the 2300 block of Overlook Lane. She said she and her husband got into an argument as she tried to take her daughter to a hospital at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The report did not indicate why the daughter was being taken to the hospital.
When she tried to leave with her daughter, the man pulled the woman by the neck to get her out of the vehicle so he could drive the daughter, the report said.
The woman said she suffered small scratches on her neck and arm from the altercation. But the husband denied grabbing the woman, when officers arrived at the home Sunday morning.
Police documented the scene and didn't make any arrests at the time.
Then, after the officer left, the husband transferred all the money out of the couple's joint bank account, the report said.
The woman, who had left the residence at some point during the investigation, returned later Sunday to get some cash, according to the report.
She grabbed some money off a kitchen table, which made the husband upset. He chased her into the kitchen and eventually pushed her, causing her to run into a door frame, police said.
She suffered a busted lower lip and scratches on her forearm from the wall. The man admitted to chasing the woman but said she slipped and hit the door frame, the report states.
3900 block of Waterford Way — Police arrested a 30-year-old man after they found him riding a bike with his mother's prescription pills, according to a report.
The man's mother initially called police at about 7:45 a.m. to report her pills had been stolen.
Police found the man nearby riding his bike. He did not have a prescription for the pills, and he was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug.
3500 block of East McKinney Street — A woman and her two kids hid in a closet in the early hours of Sunday morning as they heard someone trying to open their balcony door at the Rosemont at Pecan Creek apartments.
Police couldn't locate a suspect when they arrived on the scene at about 4 a.m., and no suspects have been identified, the police report said.
From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:
The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 825 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 41 people were booked into Denton County Jail.
Denton police handled 172 calls for service and made five arrests.
Denton firefighters responded to 70 medical calls, six vehicle crashes, two grass fires and one passenger vehicle fire.