WACO (April 8, 2009)—A stabbing Tuesday evening at the Waco Clarion Hotel that sent a Houston-area man to the hospital was precipitated by a fit of flatulence, police said.
Juan Antonio Castellano, 35, suffered wounds in the leg and chest as a result of the attack at the hotel at 801 S. 4th St., police said.
Castellano and one of the four other men with whom he was sharing the room were eating while another man showered and the others were outside talking on their cell phones, police said.
Castellano told officers he became flatulent, which evidently upset the man with whom he was eating.
The man picked up a large knife and threw it, striking Castellano in the leg.
Then the man picked up the knife and stabbed Castellano in the left side of the chest, police said.
When the other three men discovered Castellano had been stabbed, they attempted to take him to the hospital, but realized they didn’t know where a hospital was.
They asked for directions at the front desk, and a hotel employee called 911 at around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Castellano was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
His wounds were not life threatening, police said.
Jose Braule Ramirez, 33, of Houston was arrested at the scene.
He has been charged with aggravated assault, police said.
He was put on an immigration hold and can't be released, even if he posts bond, until authorities verify he's in the U.S. legally.