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Juvenile stabbed in local store
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TRINITY – A 16-year-old boy suffered severe stab wounds Saturday, May 15, during a video-tapped assault by two adults at a local convenience store. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the juvenile victim was transported by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center-Tyler Saturday after suffering a stab wound to his back that punctured a lung. He also sustained a cut across his chest. Two suspects were arrested at the scene included Jason Melton, 40, and Patrice Banks, 39, both of Trinity. Melton was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony, and was released Sunday after posting a $10,000 bond. Banks was charged with misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury and was released Sunday on an $8,000 bond. Jones identified the two suspects as boy friend and girl friend who are believed to have become upset with the juvenile victim over what they felt were inappropriate text messages sent to Melton’s daughter. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday at Rudy’s convenience store located off Highway 19 South near the Trinity Community Center. According to videotapes taken by security cameras, Jones said the incident began outside the store when a woman grabbed the victim and began slamming his head into a car in the store’s parking area. Bystanders intervened and separated the two, telling the 16-year-old to run into the store for safety. The video taped showed a man and woman pursuing and victim into the store where the assault escalated when the male produced a knife and began stabbing the victim. Jones said Officer Travis Bryan arrived at the scene as the victim and suspects were entering the store and was able to reach the site of the attack and stop it. After arresting the two suspects, Jones said the officer recovered a pocket knife at the scene. Bryan was assisted at the scene by Trinity County Deputy Sheriff Mark Moscinski.