‘I held him’: El Paso bar DJ recalls stabbing on Cincinnati Ave.


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An El Paso DJ started Saturday night turning tables, but it quickly turned into a life-saving situation as he heard screams.

“I just hear a bunch of women screaming, ‘hey help, help, help, this guy got stabbed,'” said Maurice Jett, a DJ at Rockin’ Cigar Bar and Grill.

Jett tells KTSM he ran to help and found a man on the sidewalk on Cincinnati Avenue with multiple stab wounds.

“We put pressure to his wound or whatever the case may be so he wouldn’t bleed out and that was on that rock over there,” said Jett, pointing to a large rock bench that was still covered in blood Sunday evening.

Jett says he prayed and tried to talk to the man until EMT’s arrived.

“I held him in my arm the whole time and just kept putting pressure to his wound,” Jett said.

According to the El Paso Police Department, the stabbing happened early Sunday morning and the victim was taken to the hospital. Police have not released information on whether they have a suspect in custody.

Police reported that the stabbing happened at the Rockin’ Cigar, but the owner of the bar says it happened outside where Jett went to help.

Frank Ricci Jr. the owner of Rockin’ Cigar tells KTSM that the Cincinnati Entertainment District has recently become more violent.

“Cincinnati has always been known for having a little extra violence and the police used to walk the streets and kind of take care of a lot of that,” Ricci said. “And Cincinnati is kind of getting back to that reputation and we need to put an end to it.”

Ricci adds that at his bar, he has two hired bouncers but they focus on the inside of the bar, not what happens outside.

“The other night we had a person that came in and they were bleeding profusely from another location and they came into our location to get refuge. So we helped him out and kept whoever he was running from away but again there’s a lot of violence,” Ricci said.

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