The attacker who fatally stabbed a Ridgmar Mall employee Thursday night in the mall’s parking lot apparently had been lying in wait until the employee got off work, investigators said Friday.
“This isn’t some guy just out there prowling and waiting to kill someone,” said homicide Detective Matt Barron. “All indications are this was personally motivated.”
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, whose name had not been released by late Friday, was a 35-year-old Fort Worth man who worked in the mall’s food court, Barron said.
He apparently was getting into his Ford Mustang in the parking lot shortly after 8:30 p.m. when he saw his attacker coming, Barron said. It appeared that he put the Mustang in reverse to get away, but the car’s two passenger-side tires had been flattened. Investigators suspect the attacker damaged the tires.
When the attacker opened the driver’s side door, the victim jumped out and ran, but his assailant chased him, stabbing him multiple times, Barron said.
Barron said the bleeding victim got to 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.
The assailant was seen running toward Alta Mere Drive.
The fatal stabbing occurred “toward closing time so you don’t have a lot of people coming in,” Barron said. “You had some folks leaving but they only saw [the victim] running toward the door. Of course, he’s profusely bleeding and goes down just inside the doorway.”
Investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attack, but Barron said, “It appears that this may be a dispute regarding a female.”