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2015-02-05

Stabbing occurs off Montague in county

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A non-fatal stabbing occurred early Sunday morning at Log Cabin Apartments off Montague Drive, according to a law enforcement report from Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King.
King said that the incident was an extension of an altercation that had taken place earlier at a nearby watering hole. At this time, investigators do not know what the argument that precipitated the stabbing was about.
The victim, Johnny Cardenas Jr., 30, had returned to his apartment and the other man purportedly involved in the quarrel, Randy Sellers, 53, showed up a short time later. The two men knew one another, according to King.
"Apparently Mr. Sellers called Mr. Cardenas to come out and fight," King said. "When Mr. Cardenas left his apartment, the suspect stabbed him." At that point the incident was reported to emergency dispatch and deputies responded to the scene. Although Cardenas was walking around when deputies arrived, EMS medical personnel transported him to University Hospital in San Antonio. AirLife had been grounded due to inclement weather.
Sellers, meanwhile, had fled the scene in his vehicle.
According to King, just minutes after a BOLO (be on the lookout for) that included a description of Sellers and his vehicle was broadcast, law enforcement authorities stopped the suspect at a service station on North Main Street. BCSO Deputy Kim Manglberger and Deputy Marshal Willie Smith arrested Sellers. Patrol Sgt. Gerald "Jerry" Johnson provided backup assistance. A knife was recovered in the suspect's vehicle.
King said that Sellers had allegedly stabbed Cardenas in the stomach with the knife that had a straight-edge blade six- to seven-inches long.
Later that morning, Cardenas reportedly underwent an operation at University Hospital as a result of the injury. His condition is unknown at this time.
Meanwhile, Sellers remains behind bars at the Bandera County Jail, charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond on that charge has been set at $50,000. At the time of his arrest, Sellers was also found to have been driving without a license. Bond for that misdemeanor is $2,000.