Convict stabs McAllen employee at Las Palmas community center

Esmeralda Rodriguez

The McAllen Police Department is investigating the Thursday morning stabbing of a Las Palmas Community Center employee.

In a news release, police said they were called to the center in the 1900 block of North 25 Street at 8:07 a.m. in reference to a woman who came to the community center with a knife.

The flagman told police the woman left the area on foot in an unknown direction.

However, police caught up with the suspect – Esmeralda Rodriguez, 60 – in the 2400 block of Tamarack Street, which is about a block from the crime scene, according to police.

“The suspect was found with (a) knife in her belt and cuts on her hands,” the statement said. “The suspect became combative with the arresting officers and began ‘spitting on the officers’.”

The stabbing victim was transported for emergency medical attention.

Police said charges are pending and Rodriguez is also being investigated for aggravated assault on Wednesday.

Investigators said the victim of this assault was an acquaintance of Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a McAllen resident, was released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on June 29 on a previous assault charge.

In a statement, the City of McAllen said the employee’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and no one else was injured.

The Las Palmas Community Center remains safe and open for business with no disruption of services to the public, according to the city.

“The City of McAllen is grateful to the Las Palmas Community Center staff and members of the public who assisted law enforcement in quickly apprehending the suspect and that there were no other injuries,” says the press release. “Additionally, the City of McAllen offers prayers for the speedy recovery of the Las Palmas Community Center employee.”

Jill E. Washington