Investigators have identified James Henry Schulz, 53, as the man wanted in connection to the stabbing of the shift manager at a Jack in the Box late Wednesday, Police Chief Gary Ratliff said Thursday afternoon.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Schulz, charging him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Ratliff said. His bond is set at $40,000.
Schulz is accused of refusing to cooperate with store policy requiring him to wear a face mask as part of pandemic protocols, police said. Police accuse Schulz of confronting employees and then attacking the store manager with a pocketknife.
Video of the incident shows the manager holding up a sign with store protocol on it as the suspect walks out of the store, before quickly returning while the manager is facing away and attacking him.
Schulz accused Jack in the Box employees of refusing to serve him because he was homeless, Ratliff said.
Schulz also recorded the exchange on his cell phone and told employees they would be hearing from his attorney, Ratliff said.
The manager suffered three stab wounds in the arm and upper torso, police said. He was transported to a hospital, treated and released.
Investigators believe Schulz has been in the area for at least a year, Lt. Michael Buffington said. Officers in August 2020 arrested Schulz in connection to an argument with a manager at another store.
Schulz at the time was charged with resisting arrest, which was later dropped, court records show.
Police in recent months have noticed an increase in the homeless population of Galveston County’s biggest city, Buffington said. It’s unclear exactly why that is, but Buffington estimated the city’s homeless population has increased to maybe 20 people.
Officers were called about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday to the report of an aggravated assault at the restaurant in the 1500 block of state Highway 96, officials said.
Investigators believe Schulz lives near state Highway 96 and has frequented different businesses nearby, Ratliff said.
Schulz is likely still in the area, unless he received a ride from someone, Ratliff said. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 281-332-2566, police said.