HOUSTON, Texas — A 12-year-old Texas boy is being credited with saving his grandparents life in a brutal stabbing attack by his brother earlier this week, preventing what police say would have been a double murder.
On Sunday night, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales says two adults, ages 92 and 76, were driving with their great grandson, identified by police as 20-year-old Lucian Johnston, when Johnston began stabbing them from the backseat in the head and neck.
Gonzales credits the actions of Johnston's half brother, who is 12 years old, with wrestling away the knife from Johnston and throwing it out the vehicle's window — stopping the attack.
Both grand parents were hospitalized in the attack.
Johnston fled the scene and was apprehended yesterday morning following the deployment of numerous departmental units, including the newly formed SMART team, or Sheriff's Mobile Advocacy Response Team, which is tasked with a rapid, multi-disciplinary approach to high-risk domestic violence incidents.
"The real hero in this ordeal, is a 12-year-old that was also in the backseat at the time of the brutal attack," stated Gonzales, in part. "...this very easily could've resulted in two murders."
Johnston has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a family member and is being held at the Harris County Jail on $100,000 bonds on each charge. He is also charged with prohibited substance in a correctional facility on a $40,000 bond.