Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pain in the neck

Maybe he got stabbed when he stole the truck?

No, I'm just kidding.  I wonder what was going on however, I mean for real.

PD: Stabbing victim drove stolen truck

SEGUIN — A man critically stabbed early Sunday in a reported robbery faces legal problems of his own when he’s released from a San Antonio trauma center.

Police officer Jimmy Loya pulled over Armando Sepeda, 37, of Buda, after seeing him execute an unsteady U-turn in the 1200 block of North Guadalupe Street just after midnight Sunday morning.

As it would turn out, he was apparently driving a stolen truck.

Seguin Police Detective Sgt. Aaron Seidenberger said Loya was responding to a “be on the lookout” call for a white Dodge 3500 dually pickup that was reportedly driving erratically in the area of West Kingsbury and Belmarez streets.

He saw the vehicle Sepeda was driving, which matched the description of the “BOLO” vehicle.

“The way he made the U-turn was weird, and officer Loya stopped it,” Seidenberger said.

As Loya approached the pickup, Sepeda got out. He wasn’t wearing a shirt, and Seidenberger said Loya saw blood running down his back from a knife wound to the neck.

Investigation revealed several other stab wounds to his left side, and Sepeda told Loya he’d been robbed, Seidenberger said.

“All he said was, ‘Hey, I was jumped by some guys and they took my money,” Seidenberger said.

Seguin Fire Department paramedics treated Sepeda at the scene, and he was flown to University Hospital, where his condition was listed as critical on Sunday.

By Monday, Seidenberger said, Sepeda’s condition had stabilized.

From there, the mystery deepened a little. Sepeda didn’t know who had assaulted him, Seidenberger said.

“We never got a call for an actual assault, only for reckless driving,” Seidenberger said. “The problem we have now is we don’t know where it happened.”

Police also don’t know why Sepeda ended up in Seguin, but suspect some local connection.

What they did learn was the vehicle Sepeda was driving was reported stolen from the Buda construction firm where Sepeda worked.

“He doesn’t drive their company vehicles, and they say he took it without permission and they want to press charges,” Seidenberger said.

The case remains under investigation, Seidenberger said, adding he would be talking with Sepeda as his recovery continues in an effort to identify suspects in the stabbing — and discuss how he came to be driving a stolen truck.

“I’ll be talking to him tomorrow,” Seidenberger said.