Bayou Body Count: Cop Catches Attempted Murderer In Action

It was just before midnight on Friday when Houston police officer M.J. Marin looked up toward a second-floor balcony at the Cobblestone Apartments at 8435 Winkler. And what he saw was savage: a man plunging a knife into a woman.

Marin raced up to the apartment, police say, where he saw the knifeman at it again, this time turning the attention of his sharp weapon on a man, stabbing him repeatedly. Marin drew his gun and demanded that the man drop his weapon, police say, but he ignored the order. And just as the knifeman was about to drive his blade through the man once more, Marin fired, three times, killing the attacker.

It turned out, police say, that the guy with the knife was stabbing his girlfriend, when a man nearby who tried to help her was also attacked. He died at the scene. The girl was taken to the hospital and is expected to live, police say. The police have not yet released the names of any of the people involved.

As is customary in officer-involved shootings, HPD's Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County DA's office will investigate.

Luis Mendez and his girlfriend returned to their home along the 5500 block of Clarewood at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after spending the evening hanging out with family. While Mendez's girlfriend took the couple's dog for a walk in the courtyard of the apartment complex, Mendez stood in the breezeway.

Suddenly, as four men passed by the girlfriend, one of them grabbed her purse, police say. She began to scream and tumbled back into some bushes. Then she heard several gunshots ring out and watched the four men sprint away.

The girl jumped back on her feet and ran toward the breezeway, where she found Mendez, 28, shot to death. The police are investigating and only have a vague description of the suspects.

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Police have tracked down the man suspected of stabbing a guy outside a restaurant at 11415 Bellaire at the end of July.

Dung Nguyen has been charged with the murder of 41-year-old Ngan Van Dang. Police say the two men got into an argument over money when Nguyen told Dang to step outside, where he stabbed Dang to death.

Nguyen was arrested last week in Phoenix, Arizona.

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