Man accused of stabbing College Station girl arrested in Houston
A man suspected in an apparent unprovoked knife attack on a 12-year-old girl at a fast-food eatery in College Station was arrested Wednesday in Houston.
John Robert Murphy III, 23, was arrested without incident about 12:40 a.m. at a home in the 2100 block of Banks near Shepherd, said John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department.
Murphy, of College Station, is charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury in the stabbing at McDonald's in the 100 block of George Bush Drive West about 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to the College Station Police Department.
Cannon said Murphy was held in the city jail until College Station police picked him up and took him to College Station.
Tips about Murphy's whereabouts led police to the home. Cannon said College Station police alerted Houston authorities that Murphy could be there.
When Houston police knocked on the door, a woman identified as Murphy's mother opened it, Cannon said. Cannon said the woman told officers Murphy was in a back room, where he was found lying on the couch. He was cooperative with officers.
The arrest came after the stabbing at the McDonald's across the street from Texas A&M University's Kyle Field. Police said a man later identified as Murphy entered the restaurant and ordered a meal. When he finished eating, he walked out of the eatery and stabbed the girl who was standing near the exit door, police alleged. Then he ran away, sparking a "Code Maroon" alert via text messages at nearby Texas A&M.
Police said the attack appears to be unprovoked.
The girl, whose name has not been released, was taken to College Station Medical Center. According to police documents, she was stabbed in the abdomen. The hospital declined Wednesday to release information about her condition, but she is expected to recover.
Police want to know if Murphy had been drinking, according to the Associated Press. College Station police officer Rhonda Seaton said the girl was standing inside the restaurant when she was stabbed. The girl's father is a restaurant employee, and she was waiting for him. According to an affidavit, the girl smelled alcohol on her attacker's breath.
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