By LeaAnne Klentzman
A bizarre set of events that unfolded early Sunday morning in Sugar Land have been linked to a domestic stabbing in Richmond.
Late Saturday night, about 11:17 pm, Richmond police officer responded to a call for help at a Thompson Highway apartment complex after a woman had been found stabbed multiple times, said Richmond police Master Sgt. Lowell Neinast. He said that when officers arrived on the scene they found Stacy McDonald, 34, lying in an apartment with apparent stab wounds. According to authorities Ms. McDonald was stabbed with a tire iron. McDonald was taken via air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where she is listed in serious but stable condition.
As officers began to peel back the layers of the case they learned that Ms. McDonald had been engaged in an argument with her boyfriend. Neinast said the couple was fighting because McDonald was breaking up with her boyfriend, 33 year old Jack Lopez.
According to Richmond police, when McDonald told Lopez she wanted to breakup Lopez began to stab her, over and over. Neinast said, “Witnesses heard screams and observed the suspect getting in his truck to leave.” Then, after stabbing McDonald, Lopez attempted to run her down as she staggered into the parking lot from which he was trying to flee.
As emergency personnel worked on Ms. McDonald, Richmond police worked the crime scene and issued a BOLO for Lopez across the area warning law enforcement officers to consider him armed and dangerous. About an hour later Richmond police were notified by Sugar Land police that the suspect they were looking for in the stabbing was deceased on US 59 near Highway 6 after walking out in from of an on-coming 18 wheeler.
According to Master Sgt. Neinast, “Lopez drove his vehicle to US 59 near Highway 6 in Sugar Land and parked his vehicle in the HOV lane. He then exited his vehicle and stepped in front of an 18-wheeler, ending his life sometime at approximately 12:30 am, Sunday morning.”