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Man's stabbing appears to be linked to child fondling case, police say

Stabbing victim, Gerardo Lopez, 39, now charged with child indecency

SAN ANTONIO – A man found Sunday morning inside his home, south of downtown, with his throat slashed may have been attacked in retaliation for a crime he allegedly committed, according to San Antonio police.

Gerardo Lopez, 39, now is facing a charge of indecency with a child.

Police responded to his home, located in the 100 block of King Roger, around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.  He was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

At the time, officers said they did not know whether he’d survive.

An arrest warrant affidavit says during their investigation, police realized that Lopez had been at the center of an earlier incident at a nearby home.

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Shortly before 6:30 a.m., officers had answered a call about a fight on Lone Star Street.

The affidavit says they were told at that time that Lopez had fondled a child while she was sleeping. A family member told KSAT 12 News that the girl is eight years old.

Officers, however, said they found nothing at that time to support the claim, the affidavit says.

Lopez already had left the scene when police arrived.

It appears he, at some point, went to his home on King Roger, where his throat was slashed.

Police arrested Francisco Avila Lopez, 30, in connection with the slashing.  A relative said the two men are not related.

According to the affidavit, Avila Lopez said he attacked Lopez because of what he allegedly did to the girl. 

In the home, detectives later interviewed that child and a teenager, who both confirmed the fondling. 

The affidavit said the older girl told police she witnessed Lopez touch the eight-year-old.

Lopez, who is still in the hospital, was charged in connection with that crime.

The man accused of slashing his throat remained in jail as of Monday morning.

Francisco Avila Lopez is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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