Police: Fourth teen arrested in Dallas stabbing

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by JASON WHEELER & TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

DALLAS -- Police say a fourth teen is in custody after a classmate was stabbed in a Dallas park.

The 14-year-old victim is clinging to life in the intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center after he was stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver on his way home from summer school Tuesday afternoon. 

Jorge Castillo, the stepfather of 14-year-old Manuel Sendejas, says the boy was attacked while walking with four teenage friends near Westhaven Park in Southwest Dallas. 

Castillo says his stepson remembers the four boys "taking turns" kicking him and stabbing him in the abdomen, back, neck and head. Sendejas also had his throat slit. His stepson was left bleeding and unconscious, but managed to regain consciousness and crawl to a nearby road and flag help. 

As he was rushed to the hospital, the boy identified the four individuals he said were responsible. Immediately after he received word of their identities, Castillo went to the home of one of the boys and called in police, who were then led to the other two suspects. 

Dallas police say the suspects are all 14 or 15 years old and students at T.W. Browne Middle School. As of 6 p.m., three of the four suspects were in police custody.

On Wednesday the family of the fourth suspect brought him to Dallas police.

The victim's stepfather says one of the teens admitted to the crime and said the boys attacked Sendejas because "they had a problem with him."

He says the boy didn't elaborate further. Sendejas received dozens of stitches to close the slash wound across his neck and may have also suffered internal bleeding because of an intestine that may have been punctured. 

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