updated 7:07 AM UTC, Sep 18, 2020

Restaurant employee allegedly stabs co-worker

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – A stabbing occurred at Elijah’s Café in Woodville last week and resulted in a man being treated for injuries and another faced with assault charges.

The incident occurred last Wednesday morning at the popular eatery. The victim, identified as Jose Oscar Azcona, of Jasper, was training Richard Calvin Cryer, a 31-year-old Colmesneil man how to prepare food. According to Woodville Police Chief Mike McCulley, Cryer allegedly attacked Azcona twice with a large kitchen knife.

Azcona sustained a stab wound to his abdomen and a severe cut to his arm. He was taken to Tyler County Hospital, where he was treated and later released.

According to McCulley, the suspect fled the scene and police arrested him a few blocks from the restaurant. Officers were also able to locate the weapon. He said that according to co-workers’ statements, Cryer appeared to be agitated about something upon arriving at work. Also, co-workers noted that Cryer had only been working at the establishment for about two days.

Following the incident, Elijah’s was closed for a few hours, but re-opened in the afternoon.

Cryer was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was arraigned on Thursday morning by Municipal Judge Judith Haney.

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