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Fort Bliss soldier identified in Little Bit of Texas double stabbing

By: Joshua Zuber and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso police are investigating a multiple stabbing at a popular Upper Valley nightclub involving two Fort Bliss soldiers.

The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Friday at Little Bit of Texas in the 5500 block of Doniphan Drive.

Police said a verbal confrontation at the bar between Pfc. David Schwiger, 21, of Fort Bliss, and Spc. Kenneth Epley, 22, also from Fort Bliss, escalated, and when they were both outside in the parking lot, Epley stabbed Schwiger several times. Schwiger received several lacerations to his head and torso.

Bar security staff member Gabriel Perea, 28, saw the fight and tried to separate the two. Epley swung the knife around and cut Perea's hand several times.

This is an unfortunate incident and does not represent the type of behavior condoned by the Army, nor is this representative of Fort Bliss. At this point, this is a police matter and we are cooperating with local law enforcement to determine what happened. Our concern is with Pfc. Schwigen and we are hoping for a full recovery, said Maj. Joe Buccino, a spokesperson for Fort Bliss.

Schwiger was taken to University Medical Center where he is in stable condition. Perea refused to be transported to the hospital and was treated at the scene.

Epley has charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his bail was set at $50,000.

KFOX14 was first on the scene as police taped off the parking lot as their investigation continued into the morning.

 

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