Austin man charged with attempted murder; Allegedly stabbed victim multiple times

Published 7:44 am Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ernesto Albarran, also known as Javier Gonzalez Caraballo, 49, of Austin was charged with felony first-degree attempted murder-premeditated-with intent, felony second-degree attempted murder-with intent-not premeditated, and felony first-degree assault-great bodily harm on Wednesday in Mower County District Court.

Ernesto Albarran, also known as Javier Gonzalez Caraballo, 49

According to the court complaint, police were called at 12:15 a.m. on Monday by a man who said a woman was banging on his door and screaming for help in the 500 block of 14th Street Northwest. An officer arrived and saw a woman lying in a fetal position at the end of a wheelchair ramp with Albarran leaning over her. The woman was covered in blood and appeared to be critically injured. Albarran smelled strongly of alcohol.

The officer asked Albarran what happened and Albarran told him not to “worry about it” and started walking away. The officer told Albarran to stay and Albarran said, “I tried to kill her.” He was immediately arrested and placed in a squad car.

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Gold Cross arrived on the scene and advised the victim appeared to have three stab wounds in her chest and neck. She was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin, where she was found to have stab wounds to her neck, right bicep, and two to her chest, as well as blunt force injuries to her face. She was unable to communicate with staff and was flown to Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus-Rochester, where her injuries were classified as “great bodily harm.”

Law enforcement spoke to Albarran, who said he and the victim had been fighting all day. When asked about the stab wounds, Albarran said, “I get crazy when I…” then indicated the victim grabbed a knife and a sharpening steel and he took them away from her. He said he did not remember much, but said he “threw” the knife and that he did not possess the sharpening steel. He then changed his story and said had taken the sharpening steel from the victim to protect himself and that the victim “got all bloody” after she hit him.

Albarran then indicated he followed the victim when she fled the residence. He denied trying to kill her, but said he had the sharpening steel in his hand when he followed her and did not know why. When asked how she got stabbed, Albarran admitted he stabbed her three times.

A preliminary breath test showed Albarran’s blood alcohol concentration to be 0.229 percent, almost three times the legal limit.

An officer went to Albarran’s residence in the 1400 block of Sixth Avenue Northwest and spotted a small amount of suspected blood on the back steps and driveway. He found a knife in Albarran’s bedroom, though it was clean and did not appear to have been used in an assault.

Law enforcement spoke to Albarran again on Monday afternoon. Albarran said he and the victim had argued and he “went crazy” and lost his temper. He said he thought the victim had a knife, but could not remember. He denied having a knife, then told police they both had kitchen knives. When asked if he had stabbed the victim and chased her, Albarran said, “Probably.” He said he did not remember stabbing her, but said the victim did not stab herself.

A detective spoke to the victim on Tuesday at the hospital. She said Albarran had stabbed her and they had been arguing about previous relationships on Sunday. She said Albarran had been drinking and told her, “You’re done,” and started choking her after she got into bed. She ran into the hallway and Albarran got a knife and began sharpening it. She then fled the house and saw a light on at a residence in the 500 block of 14th Street Northwest. She stopped there to ask for help when Albarran caught up to her and started stabbing her.

The detective observed three serious stab wounds on the victim: a puncture wound to her upper right chest that penetrated into her lung, a puncture wound to her neck, and a puncture/laceration to her right bicep. He also observed lacerations on her left hand and other abrasions, scratches and bruising on her neck.

Albarran will appear in court again on March 25.