UPDATED: An attacker who fatally stabbed a Ridgmar Mall employee multiple times Thursday night in the mall’s parking lot was possibly waiting for the victim to get off work, police stated. Police said that all indications are pointing toward a personal motivation for the crime.
Jose Carreon, 27, was arrested on a murder warrant Friday afternoon, hours after Fort Worth police released his name and photo and asked for the public’s help in locating him.
He was arrested at a restaurant and was being questioned by homicide detectives Friday afternoon, police said.
The victim, a 35-year-old Fort Worth man who worked at a restaurant inside the mall’s food court, was apparently getting into his Ford Mustang in the mall’s parking lot shortly after 8:30 p.m. when he saw his attacker coming, police detectives said.
Police said it appears the victim was trying to back his Mustang out of the parking lot to get away but had difficulty as to the car’s two passenger-side tires had been flattened, investigators suspect by the attacker.
The suspect was able to open the driver’s side door, at which time the victim jumped out and ran. The suspect gave chase, stabbing the victim multiple times in the parking lot, police said.
The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot toward Alta Mere Drive.
Police said the victim ran back inside the mall’s western entrance, where he collapsed. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
His identity has not been released as of noon Friday,
Police were still trying to determine the motive behind the attack but said “it appears that this may be a dispute regarding a female.”