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Vest saves stabbed officer;
« on: May 10, 2005, 01:36:08 PM »

Vest saves stabbed officer;
Hedwig Village police say the attack took place during the chase of an MS-13 suspect (written by Houston Chronicle Staff and S.K. BARDWELL)
A Hedwig Village police officer stabbed three times Thursday morning by a suspect whose tattoo identified him as an MS-13 member was saved by his bullet-resistant vest, said Hedwig Village Police Chief Dave Barber.

Officer Eugene Ramirez, 28, was treated for an injury to his right clavicle at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and released a short time later.

The fight sparked a manhunt in the area early Thursday and prompted the lockdown of Hunters Creek Elementary School at 10650 Beinhorn.

The incident began about 6:15 a.m. when Ramirez, on patrol, spotted three men coming out of a large drainage ditch behind a strip shopping center in the 8600 block of Interstate 10 West, Barber said.

As Ramirez approached the three, Barber said, they fled in different directions, with Ramirez pursuing one of them. Ramirez told investigators that during the chase one of the two suspects he was not chasing pulled out a short shotgun but never fired it.

Ramirez managed to catch the suspect he was chasing. Barber said that during the ensuing struggle, the suspect pulled a long-bladed, kitchen-type knife and stabbed Ramirez three times in the chest.

"He said he could feel the knife hitting his chest," Barber said.

Ramirez's bullet-resistant vest was fitted with a metal plate on its front that prevented the blade from penetrating, Barber said.

Ramirez and the suspect were fighting on uneven ground, and Barber said that when Ramirez lost his balance and fell headlong into a nearby tree stump, the man got away.

Barber said the officer got a good look at a tattoo on the man's bicep that identified him as a member of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang.

Members of MS-13, a notoriously violent street gang that began with Central American immigrants in Los Angeles, have been linked to four homicides in the Houston area since last year, including the fatal shooting this month of a Huffman toddler who was strapped into a car seat when the vehicle came under fire.

The other two men also got away, Barber said. He said all three had the shaved heads common among MS-13 members. The three were described as Hispanic and in their 20s.

Barber said Hedwig Village police, aided by law enforcement agencies from Houston and Fort Bend County, used helicopters and tracking dogs to search for the trio.

The manhunt and school lockdown were called off about 10:30 a.m. Barber said the incident will remain under investigation.


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Re: Vest saves stabbed officer;
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2005, 05:17:25 PM »

One of the eye opening parts of the USMC multi-purpose bayonet testing was just how easy it is to thrust through kevlar. It protects very well against slashes, but amost anything with a point on it is going to make it through a vest. The biggest determining factor about penetration to my recollection was how sharp the primary (and secondary/clip/swedge) edge was. Penetration was a combination of forcing firbres apart and severing them. An ice-pick doesn't have to sever anything, a bowie shaped blade on the other hand is going to have to cut its way in on the thrust.