Stabbing Spree Leaves One Dead, Two Injured in Austin Home Attack

AUSTIN, Texas – A man is facing multiple charges after a violent attack in northeast Austin. Jose Reynaldo Martinez-Argueta, 26, was shot by Austin police on Jan. 21 after allegedly killing a woman during a stabbing at a home on Uttimer Lane. Two other people also suffered life-threatening injuries during the attack.

According to Austin police, the incident unfolded when they received a call just before 12:30 a.m. from someone claiming they were “bleeding a lot” after being stabbed multiple times. The caller also reported that the suspect was still inside the home with a woman and holding a knife. When officers arrived, one of the victims was standing with a group of people outside of the home. As officers gathered information, they heard screams inside the house and decided to enter. Inside, they found Martinez-Argueta holding a woman with multiple stab wounds. Officers shot Martinez-Argueta and then escorted the woman and three unharmed children out of the house safely.

During the investigation, police discovered 30-year-old Maryuri Leticia Reconco-Moncada on the floor of a bedroom with multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police learned Reconco-Moncada was in a relationship with Martinez-Argueta and that the two were involved in a physical disturbance before the stabbing. Martinez-Argueta now faces a murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in jail on a combined bond of $3.1 million.

The Austin Police Department stated that the three officers who shot Martinez-Argueta remain on administrative leave, as per department policy. Bodycam footage of the shooting is expected to be released next week. No further information has been disclosed at this time.