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Teen stabs Asian-American tot, 2, & relatives at Sam’s Club in coronavirus hate crime: Feds

A Texas man accused of stabbing three Asian-Americans — including two children — at Sam’s Club earlier this month allegedly admitted that he intended to kill the family.

An affidavit stated that Jose Gomez, 19, entered the store on March 14 and stabbed a 2-year-old, 6-year-old, and another relative. A bystander was stabbed in the leg and suffered lacerations to his hands while helping a Sam’s Club employee subdue the suspect, according to the Midland Telegram-Reporter.

An off-duty Border Patrol Agent reportedly detained Gomez until Midland police arrived. While speaking to a responding officer, the teen allegedly confessed to stabbing the family and the bystander.

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The Midland Telegram-Reporter that the case has been turned over to the FBI. Meanwhile, Gomez was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and a single count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

ABC News reportedly obtained an FBI report which lists the March 14 incident as a hate crime.

“The suspect indicated that he stabbed the family because he thought the family was Chinese, and infecting people with the coronavirus,” the document reportedly stated.

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Gomez remains jailed on a $1,000,000 bond. It’s not immediately known whether his charges will be upgraded in light of the FBI’s involvement.

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[Featured image: Jose Gomez/Midland County Sheriff’s Office]