Police question motive in Horseshoe Bay stabbing

Johnathan Kirk

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (KXAN) — After bringing the suspect in Tuesday’s stabbing in for questioning, police are reassessing their original theory about what happened.

Investigators originally said the suspect in the case — Johnathan Kirk, 34 — was doing construction outside of the home and went inside to burglarize it. Investigators thought two women who were visiting the home confronted Kirk and he attacked them with a “bladed object.”

Questioning is revealing more about the case.

Police say Kirk was a subcontractor working at the home.

Investigators are questioning whether burglary was the motive.

“The further we check into it, the more we’re starting to deviate away from that concept,” said Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane. “We’re thinking that this may have been more of an attack of anger rather than one of theft that was interrupted.”

The stabbing has the attention of the community, in a town where crime like this is rare.

“We feel that this particular situation was a very isolated event,” said Lane. “We don’t have any reason to think that this person may have attempted to enter any of the residences or cause any harm to anyone else in this particular community.”

The victims in Tuesday’s stabbing at a Horeshoe Bay home were still in the hospital Wednesday, police said.

Police identified both women as German citizens who were visiting friends at the home where they were stabbed.

Gabriele Legeland, 41, and Heike Schlieker, 48, were flown to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment. As of Wednesday, Schlieker was listed in critical condition. Legeland suffered less serious injuries.

Police say Kirk left the scene after the stabbing but was later found at his Bastrop home after police “pinged” his cell phone.

A knife and bloody clothing were found in his home, according to police.

He was taken into custody and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

Police say Kirk is now in the Llano County jail.

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