Austin man pleads guilty to assault

Published 12:38 pm Saturday, March 13, 2010

One Austin man pleaded guilty Friday to a felony assault charge for his role in a January fight that left him and another with stab wounds.

Adrian Alexander Cantu, 18, was charged with second- and third-degree assault, both felonies. He pleaded guilty to the third-degree charge Friday, and the other was dismissed.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast on a report of a fight at a residence around 8 p.m. Jan. 12.

They found Jhonny Garcia-Moctezuma, 20, near the Tender Maid Sandwich Shop. He said he was drinking with friends and went outside for a cigarette. When Garcia-Moctezuma went back inside, he said a fight had started, and he tried to break it up. Garcia-Moctezuma was treated at Austin Medical Center for a stab wound to the leg. His right index finger and head were also cut in the incident.

Cantu was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning and admitted to stabbing Garcia-Moctezuma, the report states. Cantu, who said he was pushed down a flight of stairs during the fight, was treated at AMC for a cut to his thumb.

Garcia-Moctezuma has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of second-degree assault and will face a jury trial March 22.

Cantu will be sentenced May 21.