Knife attack on officer, employee at NW Side Walmart unprovoked, police say

Angel Lace Rios, 24, faces multiple charges in connection with attack

SAN ANTONIO – A local woman is facing multiple charges after she attacked two people, including an off-duty police officer, with a knife inside a Northwest Side Walmart, police said.

Records show Angel Lace Rios, 24, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault on a public servant.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday at the Walmart near Interstate 10 and Vance Jackson Road.

According to officers at the scene, Rios was heading toward the front of the store with clothing in her arms when she suddenly attacked an employee without warning.

Police said the 48-year-old worker didn't say anything to the suspect, and that the attack was unprovoked.

Sgt. Tim Esp, of the San Antonio Police Department, said the employee was cut on the side of her neck.

A witness called for help, and an off-duty Floresville police officer who was working security for the store came to her aid.

A police report said Rios then cut him on the back of his neck and stabbed him under his chin.

"It was pretty scary. We were in the back buying a phone, and they were running us out like there was a fire or some terrorist attack," said John Navarro, who was inside the store. "There was a bunch of blood all over the place."

Navarro, who was shopping with his wife, said they had no idea what had happened.

Once they reached the front of the store, they saw the suspect being taken into custody.

Navarro wife, Vanessa, said it took about 15 people to subdue her.

"It was pretty crazy looking. Everybody was just on top of that one girl," she said. "She was fighting nonstop. She wouldn't give up."

Officers eventually got the upper hand and arrested Rios.

The off-duty officer was taken to a hospital with injuries police described as serious.

Police said the Walmart worker's cut was superficial and not life-threatening. 

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