Suspect charged after stabbing outside local restaurant

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas man arrested after a stabbing outside a
Waco restaurant remained in jail Friday, charged with aggravated assault/family violence.

Brandon Lee Burney. (Jail photo)

McLennan County deputies arrested Brandon Lee Burney, 26, late Thursday afternoon after tracking him to a home at 143 Bud Dr. in Bellmead, behind the Home Depot store.

He was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

The stabbing was reported at around 2:40 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at 5929 West Waco Dr. adjacent to the Richland Mall.

Police said the stabbing was the result of an argument that started at a nearby 7-Eleven store and continued as the two men drove toward the mall.

The dispute turned physical inside the car in the restaurant parking lot.

After the stabbing, the 26-year-old suspect fled, leaving the victim in the parking lot.

He was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with what police described as a minor stab wound to the upper torso.

“(The) victim told officers he had been in an altercation with a person he is in a relationship with,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Friday.

It was the third such incident in the area in two years.

Justin Wayne Bibles, 32, of Waco, died after he was shot as he sat in a car on May 1 outside of the Red Lobster restaurant adjacent to the mall.

Officers found Bibles sitting in his car, which lurched forward after the shooting and collided with another vehicle in the parking lot.

In March 2016 a shooting in the parking lot outside of BJ's Brewhouse next door to Red Lobster, left a former high school football player injured.

Deondrae Jashawn Degrate was shot twice in the lower back at around 9:45 p.m. on March 9, 2016, after walking out of the restaurant to meet someone in the parking lot.

After he was shot, Degrate went back inside the restaurant to get help.

He was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

The shooting stemmed from what police said at the time was an illegal marijuana sale that was originally supposed to have taken place at a West Waco apartment.

Eric Brooks, who was arrested the day after the shooting for an unrelated offense, was charged with the shooting.

Brooks was indicted in May 2016 for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault and on March 1 was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to the charges.

(Editor's note: Waco police say the victim was listed in their system as both Justin Wayne Bible and Justin Wayne Bibles)