INOLA, Oklahoma — Three men have been arrested in the stabbing death of a cowboy riding on horseback during a rodeo in Oklahoma, police said
Fabian Perez, 24, was on the back of a horse in a staging area where rodeo participants had gathered Sunday afternoon when a fight broke out and he was fatally stabbed, KOKI-TV reported. A second man was seriously wounded.
Deputies with the Rogers County Sheriff’s officer soon arrested 39-year-old Margarito Escarino, Richardo Escarino, 28, and Hipolito Pena, 44, on Monday on charges of homicide and assault.
“They were detained from the get go,” Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the Tulsa World. “But it takes hours to sort through.”
Investigators say the attack stemmed from an ongoing feud between two groups of rodeo participants. The rodeo at the Riverbend Arena in Inola was abruptly cancelled after the bloodshed.
The wounded person was flown to a Tulsa hospital and is expected to live, police said.