Man, 26, arrested in South Side 7-Eleven screwdriver attack, San Antonio police say

Witness ends up with cut on arm after intervening


The San Antonio Police Department arrested a man on Monday in connection to a dangerous disturbance at a South Side convenience store.

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Oscar Ortegon, 26, was arrested and booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a building with the intent to assault.

The incident happened at a 7-Eleven store located in the 400 block of Fair Avenue.


A man who witnessed an attack on workers at a South Side convenience store says it appears the suspect was out for blood.

“He wasn’t trying to take the money. He wasn’t trying to take nothing,” said Mario Garza. “He was trying to kill the ladies and I got in the way.”

SAPD: Man breaks into store, chases workers with screwdrivers

The commotion inside a 7-Eleven store near Fair Avenue and Interstate 37 caught Garza’s attention as he rode past on his bicycle before 4 a.m. Monday.

Nearly a dozen patrol cars swarmed the parking lot after police received a 911 call. (KSAT 12 News)

San Antonio police arrived soon after, within minutes of getting a 911 call.

They say the suspect, who is in his 20s, smashed through the glass door of the business while it was still closed.

He then pulled out a pair of screwdrivers and began chasing the employees around the store, police said.

“They were so terrified. They were crying and screaming for help. I didn’t know what else to do, but to go in there and help them,” Garza said.

He said he was nicked on his wrist when he tried to intervene.

Paramedics treated Garza at the scene, wrapping his wrist in a bandage.

The suspect was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Police said although that man suffered some minor cuts on his hand, they were more concerned about his health and safety. They said they wanted him to be evaluated further.

Officers were not able to say right away what prompted the attack.

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