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Man stabbed to death in Three Rivers
by Matt Naber
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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Nicholas Jenkins, accused of stabbing a man in the throat and killing him in the Best Western parking lot in Three Rivers on Thursday, Oct. 16.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Nicholas Jenkins, accused of stabbing a man in the throat and killing him in the Best Western parking lot in Three Rivers on Thursday, Oct. 16.
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THREE RIVERS – Nicholas Jenkins, 24, of Houston allegedly stabbed Rafael Garcia Jr., 23, of Corpus Christi in the throat at Best Western's parking lot in Three Rivers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at approximately 6:15 p.m.

“All the witnesses, and we have quite a few, stated the two subjects never met and never knew each other,” Three Rivers Police Department Sergeant Clint Davis said. “The guy (Garcia) bled out in three minutes”

Davis also said both men were working as contractors for the same company during the turnaround at the Valero refinery in Three Rivers.

Just prior to the murder, Jenkins purchased a black flip-open knife and two bottles of bleach at the Handistop convenience store across the street from the Best Western.

“It's almost like he played God,” TRPD Chief Vance Roberts said. “He killed him and would have killed another if he hadn't given him what he wanted.”

Jenkins was reported to have left the scene in a stolen 2013 white Ford crew cab van that was found “burned and torched” in the Houston area according to Davis.

A warrant was for Jenkins arrest for the homicide throughout the day as TRPD worked with the Texas Rangers and US Marshall services to apprehend him.

Davis said that Jenkins was believed to be armed and in the Houston area. Roberts said that Jenkins was on parole, but was not sure about the reason.

“I don't think he will go down without a fight,” Roberts said prior to Jenkins capture.

This is the first murder to happen in Three Rivers since 2009 according to Roberts.

“It's unfortunate, we don't typically see this type of activity in Three Rivers,” Roberts said. “We are extremely glad we could get a suspect in the amount of time we did, we had him nailed within 10 minutes.”

Jenkins was apprehended by Houston Police Department at Southeast Memorial Hospital in Houston at 7:15 p.m. according to Davis. Davis also said Jenkins was reportedly at the hospital due to hallucinations from drug use and that a family member informed HPD of his location.

Jenkins is facing some local charges in Houston for Class C warrants first, and then will be brought back for Three Rivers to be extradited some time later this week according to Davis.

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