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Conversation leads to stabbing, 2-hour standoff

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
March 5, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.


A Victoria man who was stabbed Sunday night was invited into a home in the 2900 block of Oaklawn Street minutes before the attack occurred, police said.

Antonio DeLeon, 37, of Victoria was stabbed in the hip as he attempted to leave David Gutierrez Romero's home, according to a police arrest report.

He went to a neighbor's house to ask for help.

Romero, 56, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, following a near two-hour standoff with police.

Romero, who is a patient with Gulf Bend, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in the stabbing, according to the report.

DeLeon was taken by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition on Monday.

The incident began when Romero started a conversation with DeLeon, and invited him inside his home at 2906 Oaklawn St. to continue talking, according to the arrest report. The stabbing occurred moments later.

During the stand off, Victoria Police Department's Negotiations and SWAT attempted to negotiate with Romero through a phone and loud speaker, and eventually he came from the home and sat on his front porch, where he was shot with a non-lethal sage round. He was then handcuffed and arrested, and transported to Citizens Medical Center for a medical evaluation before police took him to the Victoria County Jail.

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