SAPD: No apparent motive in deadly 1996 stabbing

Suspects stabbed man sitting in parked car


SAN ANTONIO – A man sitting inside a parked car was attacked, San Antonio police said possibly for no reason, in a 1996 stabbing that has never been solved.

Police said it was just after midnight on Oct. 13, 1996, that Phillip Hernandez was sitting in his car outside his girlfriend's home on the 1900 block of Schley Avenue.

Three suspects -- all believed to be 15 to 16 years old at the time -- walked up.

"After one of the males stated, 'Is that them?' one male began punching Hernandez through the open window on the driver's side of the car," police said. "Another male said, 'Hey, what are you doing?' and then all three males ran off."

Hernandez's girlfriend ran inside and called for help.

"She did not notice (Hernandez) was bleeding until she went back outside to wait on the police and EMS," police said.

Hernandez was taken to Brook Army Medical Center, where he died from multiple stab wounds.

"To this date, there has not been any apparent motive for this case. The complainant did not exchange words with the suspects," police said.

SAPD's Cold Case Squad is still investigating the crime. If you have any information on the case, call 210-207-7635.