AUSTIN (KXAN) — Joshua Walker took his canine Apollo for a stroll Sunday in the identical neighborhood he at all times does.
That night time, the stroll ended with a visit to the hospital.
“A gentleman grabbed me by my shirt and said he was going to take my dog,” mentioned Walker. “Just felt a prick in my back and on my head. A machete hit my arm severing my artery.”
He was on the nook of East Riverside and Pleasant Valley Road — proper throughout the road from the condo he moved into simply six months in the past.
“I thought this would be a safe spot,” he mentioned about his condo complicated, which we discovered goes for about $1,800 for a one-bedroom unit. “The place is nice. I checked it out, friendly people.”
The Austin Police Department confirmed it responded to the assault on Sunday. Austin-Travis County EMS mentioned it took the affected person on this incident to the hospital with severe however non-life-threatening accidents.
Walker additionally credit the workers at Frazier’s for saving his life, saying they ran out to assist as quickly because the stabbing occurred.
As police proceed to analyze, Walker mentioned he’s at a loss about what to do. He’s a welder, so he can’t work with an injured arm, and he’s dealing with a mounting stack of hospital payments.
“Hopefully they get this area cleaned up, and everybody can walk their dog in peace,” he mentioned.
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Friends of Walker have arrange a GoFundMe to assist him with medical bills stemming from the machete stabbing.
East Riverside Crime
KXAN’s reporting exhibits crime is prevalent on this space.
In January, proper throughout from the place Walker was stabbed, a person was shot inside a automobile in a parking zone in the midst of the day.
Last month, lower than a mile away, a person shot one other man close to a creek within the median of East Riverside.
All of those areas fall into the 2 sq. mile portion of southeast Austin the place the “Riverside Togetherness Grant” is concentrated.
The initiative is two-fold, each specializing in community-police relations in addition to what police name “targeted enforcement” to curb crime.
According to a December affidavit, this system led to the arrest of three males who investigators mentioned stole a number of autos and have been illegally in possession of weapons.