Austin Police say fight in SE Austin started with a stolen cell phone

Alvin Madison. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

Austin Police say a fight over a stolen cell phone is what led to a stabbing on Sunday night.

Austin-Travis County EMS reported the incident occurring at 8:56 p.m. at fairway Village Apartments, near the intersection of Fairway Street and East Riverside Drive.

According to an arrest affidavit, police found multiple people injured, including a man who had been stabbed 17 times. That man, Darrius Wilson, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with potentially life threatening injures. Also transported to a hospital was a female in her 30’s with not-expected-to-be-life-threatening injuries to Dell Seton, a female in her 20’s to South Austin Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and a male in his 30’s with non-life-threatening injuries to South Austin Medical Center. One person refused transport.

A witness, who didn't want to be identified, called the brawl "one of the worst" she had seen. She described seeing baseball bats, iron rods, and knifes in the hands of the 8-10 involved.

"It's dumb to me. All over a phone," she said.

Austin police said Madison was accused of stealing a cell phone. The victim was able to find Madison by using a tracking app on another phone. Once Madison and the victim were in the same place, an argument began, but Austin Police said Madison told "numerous people" it was more than just a verbal dispute.

"Madison left the area and advised numerous people he had been jumped, the suspect then returned with 8-10 people," said Destiny Winston of Austin Police.

Of the four that were hospitalized, two were sent with injuries from sticks and baseball bats, two for knife wounds. As of Monday afternoon, the condition of Wilson is still unknown.

Tony Dwayne Walker is now charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A man identified as 21-year-old Alvin Madison is also charged as part of the assault.

Police say the phone that started the whole fight was never recovered.

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