The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified a suspect in the Oct. 24 aggravated assault at Mala Vida, 708 E. 6th St.
The suspect has been identified as Jose Lara Hernandez, Hispanic male, 27 years of age. Hernandez has two warrants for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon 2nd degree felony. He has not been arrested yet.
The second subject that was previously mentioned has been ruled out.
Original Release from Oct. 24, 2021:
Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021
Time: 2 a.m.
Location: Mala Vida, 708 E 6th St.
Suspect one: Hispanic male, mid 20s to early 30s, 5’08” – 5’10”, short black hair, muscular build and a “chin strap” style beard, He was last seen wearing black t-shirt, black pants, and a black hat with gold embroidery. Tattoo “M” behind his left ear.
Suspect two: Hispanic male, mid 20s to early 30s, 5’06” – 5’08”, black curly hair with a heavy-set build. Tattoo of the letter “M” on his chest. He was last seen wearing black and white-striped polo shirt and wearing glasses.
The Austin Police Department (APD) Aggravated Assault Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects.
On October 24, 2021, officers with the Austin Police Department responded to the nightclub Mala Vida at 708 E. 6th St, for a report of a stabbing. On arrival, officers found two stabbing victims. Both victims were transported to a local hospital, with one victim sustaining life-threatening injuries.
Officers spoke to multiple witnesses on scene who stated that a verbal altercation began inside the bar. It then escalated to a physical confrontation. Security for the venue forced the subjects into the alley. While in the alley, the physical disturbance continued. At some point during the fight, a knife was produced and the two victims were stabbed.
Detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous.
You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.