AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed 17 times in an attack at an apartment complex Sunday night in southeast Austin.
Austin police say they were called to the Fairway Village Apartments just before 9 p.m. in the 6100 block of Fairway Street, just west of Montopolis Drive and north of Riverside Drive.
“We have multiple callers calling in saying there were multiple people fighting. Some were being stabbed, some were being hit with baseball bats. So, I don’t know if it’s gang related or what,” said Sgt. Craig Smith with the Austin Police Department.
According to an arrest warrant, the situation all started over a stolen cellphone. When the victims who had their cellphone stolen tracked it down via a tracking app, they told police the suspect, Alvin Madison, 21, said he sold it. About 30 to 45 minutes later, police believe Madison brought 8-10 other people to the Fairway Village Apartments to attack the man and woman whose cellphone was stolen.
Madison has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police are also searching for Tony Walker, 24. They believe Madison and Walker stabbed one victim more than a dozen times. Once arrested, Walker will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well.
Officers say additional arrests are possible, but they are not actively searching for anyone other than Walker.
In all, Austin-Travis County EMS took four people to the hospital, two with clubbing injuries and two with stab wounds.