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Stabbing victim in danger

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Court papers in hand, Lt. Brian Farris walks Alfredo Velasquez to Bedford County Jail late Sunday night.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
A stabbing victim is in a medically induced coma today after an attack at his home late Saturday night.

Roberto Morales, 29, of Old Nashville Dirt Road, was stabbed five times by a neighbor, Detective Lt. Brian Farris of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said.

The suspect, Alfredo Velasquez, 62, was arrested Sunday at a horse training facility near Shelbyville, Farris said. He is charged with attempted criminal homicide and is being held without bond at Bedford County Jail.

Investigators say they don't know why Velasquez stabbed Morales.

Deep wounds

Morales suffered one stab wound which cut a neck artery, one slash across the neck, two wounds to the chest and one to the abdomen, Farris said, and is in "very critical" condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

"A third party tried to intercede and grabbed the suspect in the arm as he stabbed the victim," Farris, who investigated the stabbing with Sgt. Josh Tolar and Corp. Benjamin Burris, said. "Velasquez pulled his arm away from the third party and stuck himself in the leg."

Officers were given a description of Velasquez and his vehicle and combed the city and county for several hours. They also had Velasquez's cell phone provider attempt to "ping" the device to discover his location.


"Early Sunday morning Corp. Burris found him at a horse barn on 231 North passed out behind the wheel of his car. He was extremely intoxicated," Farris said.

"We got him out and Sgt. Tolar noticed blood on his right pant leg and found out he had a stab wound. He didn't know it until we showed him."

Velasquez was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center.

Multiple identities

"He has nine aliases and four Social Security numbers," Farris said. "He has two pending charges against him in California for assault and violation of probation."

Local records indicate Velasquez was charged with DUI, driving without a license, criminal simulation (using a false name) and violation of probation in Bedford County in 2007 under the alias of Candelario Baltasar.