Texas teen accused of stabbing juvenile justice center CO indicted

The teen is accused of stabbing an officer with an improvised shank made from a broken piece of light fixture


Gabriel Monte
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas — A Lubbock County grand jury indicted on Tuesday a 17-year-old boy arrested in December in connection with a stabbing at the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center.

Maximus Gonzales is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of five years to life in prison.

Lubbock County prosecutors believe Gonzales, who was a resident at the juvenile justice center, stabbed Vincente Perez, a corrections officer at the juvenile justice center on Dec. 23 with an improvised shank made from a broken piece of a light fixture.

Lubbock police responded about 10 p.m. to an assault at the juvenile justice center.

According to the report, Perez was responding to Gonzales' room after hearing banging on the door. Perez entered the room, which was dark, and Gonzales reportedly stabbed the officer in the abdomen with a shank.

According to the report, the room was dark because Gonzales reportedly broke a light fixture and used a broken off piece of the fixture to stab Perez.

Perez was able to get control of Gonzales and place him in restraints. However, Gonzales was still trying to stab Perez's right leg, the report states.

The report does not state why for how long Gonzales was held at the juvenile justice center.

William Carter, the director of the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center, declined to comment on the incident.

Gonzales, who turned 17 about 10 days before the alleged assault, was arrested and taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center where he remains. His bond is set at $25,000.

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©2019 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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