Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News
Anthony Sheppard, 42, was arrested and faces aggravated robbery charges after robbing and stabbing a man in downtown Fort Worth.
A man was stabbed and critically wounded during a robbery in downtown Fort Worth early Tuesday morning, police said.
Albert Alonzo, 46, of White Settlement, was attacked about 2 a.m. by a homeless man near Sixth and Houston streets, said Fort Worth police Cpl. Tracey Knight.
Anthony Shepherd, 42, was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery. Shepherd, whose address is a homeless shelter, has a long criminal record.
"Thanks to the good work of our patrol officers, who did a thorough investigation immediately after the incident, they were able to arrest one person," Knight said.
The attack happened about a block from the popular Sundance Square in a part of downtown usually well-patrolled by officers on bicycles.
Surveillance video obtained by NBC 5 appears to show Alonzo giving money to Shepherd. Shepherd then follows Alonzo just off camera.
Violent crime in downtown Fort Worth dropped about 20 percent last year, police said.
"I can't even recall the last time something like this happened. It is really unusual," Knight said. "We try to make all of Fort Worth safe but especially downtown, where there are so many people walking on the streets. It's normally a very safe area to come and visit."