by BRAD ROLLINS
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Buda teenager they say fatally stabbed 20-year-old Ulisis Garcia nearly two weeks ago during a rowdy house party east of Kyle.
A murder warrant has been issued for Xavier Wayne Harper, 19, who has not been arrested, Lt. Jeri Skrocki, a sheriff’s office spokesperson, said early this afternoon.
Two other young men have been arrested as accomplices following an investigation that involved interviews of more than 80 people, Skrocki said.
Onesimo Alvarado, 20, of Kyle is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Alvarado was arrested at his home on Thursday and is being held at the Hays County jail on bail set at $200,000.
Eric Sipriano Romero, 17, is charged with furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor and tampering with evidence. The first charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year jail; the tampering charge is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in county jail.
Arrested on Thursday, Romero was released from jail today on a personal recognizance bond for the misdemeanor charge and on a $17,000 bond for the felony charge.
Garcia, a Kyle native, worked in San Antonio installing solar panels but had returned home for the weekend. He attended a party in the Sunset Acres neighborhood off of Beebee Road Saturday night that rambled into early Sunday.
Sometime after midnight, he and two other men were stabbed. Garcia died at Seton Medical Center Hays shortly after arriving at the hospital, Sgt. Phillip Taylor said the next day. The sheriff’s office has declined to identify the two other men who were stabbed nor say how badly they were injured.
Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, who signed affidavits authorizing the arrest of Harper and his alleged accomplices, said the documents have been ordered sealed by 428th State District Judge Bill Henry at the request of prosecutors.
Anyone with information about the stabbings can call investigators Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896 or Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to arrests and indictments.