Shopper Recalls Stabbing at McAllen Store

4 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, November 26 2017 Nov 26, 2017 November 26, 2017 8:22 PM November 26, 2017 in News

MCALLEN -- It was a shopping trip cut short for Randy Martinez as he was caught in something he never would have expected.

He was on his way home from dinner before making a detour at Home Goods.

"Too early to go back home, so we decided to go get some last minute Christmas decor," said Martinez.

While getting ready to checkout, Martinez said he heard someone yelling for help inside the store.

"It wasn't one of those cries for help that you could ignore," said Martinez.

While he rushed over to see what was going on, Martinez came across more than just the victim in the stabbing.

"About arm's length, literally I could just touch the guy, the person who I guess stabbed him, and he's just standing there with the knife," said Martinez.

Not knowing what he just got himself into, Martinez said he had to act quickly.

"This guy clearly doesn't know what he's doing, there's a possibility that I can talk some sense into him, there's a possibility that maybe he'll calm down if he sees that I'm not against him," he explained.

His family was constantly on his mind the whole time.

"I have my wife; I've got three kids, a 12-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. I wasn't about to not come home to them you know," said Martinez.

Eventually, Martinez said the attacker put down the knife, him and another shopper then took action.

"It literally seemed like forever. We were there just kind of holding him down," said Martinez.

While he got out of it unscathed, Martinez said he will be staying extra vigilant while shopping in the future.

McAllen police are currently investigating the incident.

Martinez said he thanks his faith and training in self-defense for getting him through the ordeal.

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