Tucson police identify suspect in stabbing of student

2014-03-06T00:00:00Z Tucson police identify suspect in stabbing of studentArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson police have identified a suspect in the January stabbing of a high school student.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Robert Anthony Vasquez, 21, in connection with the Jan. 9 incident. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery, Officer Brandon Tatum, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release. Vasquez also goes by the alias of Anthony Ortiz.

Vasquez is suspected of stabbing one Catalina High School student and robbing another at knifepoint in a parking lot near East Pima Street and North Palo Verde Boulevard.

Tucson police were dispatched to the school in reference to a large fight a little after 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9. When officers arrived they couldn’t find anyone, but about 15 minutes later medical staff from a hospital called police about a student who had been stabbed in a fight near the school. The teen’s injuries were non-life threatening, police said at the time.

Vasquez, who was identified as a suspect through investigation and tips to 88-CRIME, is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 130 to 150 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information about Vasquez should call 88-CRIME or the Tucson Police Department’s Aggravated Assault Unit at 837-7552.

Kimberly Matas

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