Man accused of stabbing girl at McDonald's arrested

John Robert Murphy III is charged with injury to a child. The 23-year-old was captured in the Houston area.

January 12, 2011 1:30:37 PM PST
A suspect has been caught in the apparent random stabbing of a 12-year-old girl at a McDonald's restaurant near the Texas A&M University campus. College Station police early Wednesday announced the arrest of 23-year-old John Robert Murphy III of College Station. Tips led to Murphy, who was located in the Houston area. Murphy has been charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury.

Police say the girl, who was attacked Monday night, remains hospitalized in stable condition. She was stabbed in the abdomen, suffering a cut to her colon as well.

The girl had entered the restaurant with her father around 7:30pm. Her dad, who is an employee there, went to a back area to conduct business, and the girl remained near a door in the main lobby area.

Police say Murphy got up from the table where he had eaten his meal, walked to the trash can area, then headed for the exit where the girl was waiting. According to surveillance video, Murphy appeared to unfold a knife with his right hand, keeping it concealed next to his leg.

As he approached the girl, he allegedly paused for a brief moment and then stabbed her in the abdomen with the knife. He then fled the restaurant, running out the doors and across the parking lot.

The victim told police the man said, 'Bitch!' as he stabbed her, and she says she could smell alcohol on his breath.

Police investigation led to a nearby apartment complex where residents helped identify Murphy. The victim was shown a photo lineup and reportedly identified Murphy as her assailant.

Murphy is charged with serious bodily injury to a child, with bond set at $250,000. Officer Rhonda Seaton says Murphy has been transported from the College Station Police Department Jail to the Brazos County Jail. She had no details on an attorney for him.

The girl's name has not been released.