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TX- Texas school says father of assault victim stabs student

4-29-2008 Texas: UPDATE 4-30-08

HOUSTON - A father was arrested at a high school Monday where he allegedly stabbed a boy he thought had witnessed a sexual assault against the man's daughter.

Both of the girl's parents were in a security area outside the main campus of Wunsche High School north of Houston when the father saw the boy and stabbed him three times with a knife, district spokeswoman Karen Garrison said.

"A campus police officer was nearby when the incident occurred and very quickly intervened and arrested the man," Garrison said. Since the assault occurred just outside the main doors, other students were not nearby, she said.

The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

The parents were at the school to talk to administrators about the alleged assault of their daughter, which they reported over the weekend.

Garrison said the sheriff's department is still investigating that alleged assault of the girl; a call to the sheriff's department was not immediately returned Monday evening.

The father, identified as Ruben Carlos Cuellar, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. There were no records Monday afternoon to indicate whether he had an attorney. ..more.. by Yahoo News

Lawyer says angry father may have stabbed wrong boy
4-30-2008 Texas

HOUSTON - The distraught father accused of stabbing a boy he believed was a witness to a sexual assault on his daughter may have attacked the wrong person, the boy's attorney said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old high school junior spent the weekend with his parents and did not attend the party where the sexual assault allegedly took place, attorney Fernando Valdes said.

The boy was stabbed three times Monday at Wunsche High School and remained hospitalized Tuesday in good condition.

"He was not at any party at all," Valdes said. "This kid was student of the month last month. He's not some thug that runs around gang banging. He hangs around computer guys. He's a techie, a good guy getting a bad rap."

Harris County Sheriff's Sgt. Kenneth O. Thomas said investigators hadn't yet confirmed whether the boy was at the party.

"This was an unwarranted act of vigilantism," said Valdes, who said the boy knows the girl but had never before seen her father.

The man went to the school Monday with his 17-year-old daughter and wife to report the sexual assault to school administrators.

Valdes said the man spotted the boy in the school lobby, called out to him and lunged at him from behind, stabbing the boy in the chest, one hand and the abdomen.

The teenager knocked the knife out of his attacker's hand before school police subdued the man.

Spring Independent School District police arrested the girl's father and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Court records did not indicate whether he had an attorney to speak for him, and a telephone number listed for his address had been disconnected.

The Associated Press is not naming the man because his daughter may have been a juvenile victim of sexual assault and could be identified through the father's name.

Court records show that the 44-year-old man had received deferred adjudication for discharging a firearm in 2001, and pleaded guilty to theft in 1990. ..more.. by Yahoo News

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