Court date postponed for Tilted Kilt stabbing suspect

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A court date has been postponed for the suspect in a stabbing at a Tilted Kilt restaurant.

The arraignment for 23-year-old Javier Alonzo Romero has now been continued to Dec. 19.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Romero attacked Miguel (Mike) Angel Hernandez, 26, in the kitchen of the downtown Phoenix Tilted Kilt restaurant on Nov. 25.

"It occurred in the kitchen area," Crump said. "Others heard the commotion and went to that location. We had one individual that was down in the kitchen and it appears he has been stabbed a few times."

Evidence and witness statements suggest that Romero attacked the victim without provocation, according to police.

Police said Romero had minor stab wounds on his arms, which were self-inflicted. There were five or six other employees in the restaurant when the incident occurred.

26-year-old Miguel Angel Hernandez was declared dead at the scene. He had worked at the restaurant since it opened about three years ago.

Following the attack, Romero was allegedly combative with police throughout the day. He even reportedly attempted to take an officer's gun while being treated at the hospital.

Romero was booked into the Maricopa County jail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault on a police officer.