Police: Fight may have been linked to alcohol

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

A stabbing late Saturday sent a man to a local hospital with a stab wound to the left side of his stomach area, police said.

On Saturday about 10 p.m., police responded to the Bordeaux Apartment complex on the 100 block of South Stadium in regard to a fight in progress. The victim, Pablo Vega from San Diego, was found by police with a stab wound to his stomach upon arrival. Vega was treated by EMS on the scene and transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital.

"People need to be more patient with one another," Police Chief Danny Bueno said. "It could have been alcohol-related or drugs and anger."

Vega identified Patrick Hopkins, who allegedly stabbed him. Vega said in the police report that Hopkins got into a verbal argument with him in one of the apartments. During the fight, Hopkins apparently picked up a "sharp pointed object and physically stabbed him," the report said. Vega's sister and wife witnessed the attack, the report said.

Hopkins was located and arrested in the parking lot of the complex, police report said. Hopkins was transported to the Jim Wells County Justice Center and is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. Bueno said that patrol is increased during the holiday season.

"We will be out there making arrests and enforcing the law," he said.