(Photo: Courtesy El Paso Police Department)
Marco Huerta, a former amateur mixed martial artist, has been arrested in El Paso, Texas. The 31-year old man is accused of stabbing a grandfather and stomping a grandmother in random attack in front of their grandchildren, police said.
El Paso police said that the “unprovoked random attack” occurred Saturday morning outside the couple’s East Side home. Huerta was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault.
The couple was with their toddler-age grandchildren when they arrived home from a trip at about 6:20 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Huerta allegedly stabbed and hit the grandfather as the man was opening the gate to the couple’s home in the 10800 block of Cardigan Drive, police said.
When the grandmother tried to intervene, Huerta allegedly “turned on her, kicking and stomping on her head as she lay on the ground,” a police news release stated.
Officers responding to the scene found and arrested Huerta a few blocks away standing in the middle of Lee Treviño Drive, police said.
Huerta is being held at the Downtown jail on a $200,000 bond. He is listed as 6 feet tall, 220 pounds on a jail log.
Depending on which mixed martial arts site you use, Huerta’s amateur record can vary. Sherdog has the fighter listed as 2-1, Tapology as 1-2, and MixedMartialArts (MMAtv) as 2-2, although there are reports of Huerta having up to 15 fights on several forums.
El Paso County court and jail records show Huerta has seven arrests on assault, criminal mischief and other charges since 2011.
In 2012, he was convicted of assault, criminal mischief and terroristic threat charges. He was sentenced to a year in jail, anger management classes, prohibited from contacting five different women and banned from the YWCA at 10712 Sam Snead Drive, according to court records. The jail sentence was later reduced to 240 days.
In March 2018, Huerta pleaded guilty to making abusive calls to 911 and was sentenced to 20 days in jail, according to court records.