Gov. Abbott issues statement on downtown Austin stabbing that injured at least three

Gov. Greg Abbott is weighing in on a stabbing that injured at least three people in downtown Austin on Thursday night.

Raecala Morris, 33, was arrested in connection with the stabbings and is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail.

In a press conference Austin police chief Brian Manley said Morris confessed to stabbing five people on Neches Street just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.

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Austin police say there were three victims they know of and are searching for the two additional victims that have not been identified.

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Abbott issued a statement on the stabbing Friday morning, saying that city leaders have allowed "lawlessness throughout the capital city" resulting in violence against Austin residents:

Abbott recently directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase patrols around state buildings in downtown and the University of Texas at Austin campus in response to a stabbing at a Freebirds World Burrito on South Congress that left one employee dead and another injured.