Police: Quick response saves Horseshoe Bay stabbing victim’s life; man arrested

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HORSESHOE BAY — Two German women visiting friends in Horseshoe Bay were the victims of a attack that sent both to the hospital June 10, but officials believe the quick response of medical and police personnel might have been the difference for at least one of the women.

At 12:22 p.m. on June 10, Horseshoe Bay police responded to a residence in the 100 block of Harbor Light in regard to an assault. The first officers arrived about two minutes after the initial call.

At the residence, they found two women, Gabriele Legeland, 41, and Heike Schlieker, 48, both of Germany, suffering from what appeared to be knife wounds. Marble Falls Area EMS and Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue crews arrived on the scene and began treating the two women.

Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane said he observed the initial treatment of both women and credited the survival of at least one of the victims to the “quick and decisive treatment” she received soon after that alleged attack.

Both women were transported to the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin.

Lane stated in a news release that, as of June 11, Schlieker was listed in critical condition, while Legeland was no longer listed as critical but remained hospitalized with less serious injuries.

Horseshoe Bay police charged Bastrop resident Johnathan Kirk, 34, with two counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

The two women were visiting friends at the Harbor Light residence when Kirk allegedly entered the home with the intent to burglarize it, police said. The man was doing construction work at the home prior to allegedly breaking in.

Horseshoe Bay authorities said they believe the suspect didn’t know the two women were in the home when he entered but attacked them with a knife or other sharp object when the two saw him.

The suspect then fled the residence and area, but a concerted effort by local and state law enforcement officials helped locate the man in about three hours at his Bastrop home.

Lane said investigators used the technique of “pinging” the suspect’s phone to determine his location. Once police determined where he was, Horseshoe Bay officers contacted Bastrop police and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, which immediately sent units to the suspect’s residence and detained him until Horseshoe Bay police along with Llano County District Attorney Sonny McAfee could obtain a search warrant for the man’s home and vehicle.

During a search, authorities recovered bloody clothing and a knife they believe might have been used in the alleged attack.

Lane commended the efforts of all the responding and assisting agencies.

“The level of cooperation was immediate and unprecedented,” he said.

Lane pointed out deputies from both Llano and Burnet counties helped with the search, while Marble Falls police personnel not only handled a tremendous amount of emergency radio traffic but initiated the pinging of the suspect’s cell phone, leading to his detainment by Bastrop police.

During all of this, Texas Rangers in three different cities helped with the investigation that led to Kirk’s arrest.

“My own staff of officers, investigators and dispatcher are also to be commended for their calm and efficiency in the face of a tremendous hectic and critical event,” the chief said.

Horseshoe Bay police are continuing to investigate the attack.

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