UTEP Employee Has Throat Slashed While in Kentucky for Conference
An El Paso man who works for the University of Texas at El Paso had his throat slashed while in Kentucky for a work conference.
He survived the attack and now his family has started a GoFundMe page to help with his recovery.
Oscar Sanchez, who works as a Facilities Manager at UTEP, was leaving an evening event in Louisville on Monday night when the unprovoked attack happened. According to reports, the attacker has also slashed another person’s throat just down the street from the first attack before police arrived.
Police arrested 37-year-old Sean Coats for the attempted murders. Louisville PD says Coats admitted to coming up from behind his victims and cutting their throats without provocation.
In the description of the incident on the GoFundMe page, the attacker was described as “a mentally ill person”. Police in Louisville also says Coats was “coming down off a stimulant high” when he committed the attacks.
A statement was released by UTEP which said:
“Oscar Sanchez is a valued member of the Miner family. Our sympathies are with him and his family as they face this ordeal, and we wish him a swift and thorough recovery.”
On the GoFundMe page, it says that Oscar will need to stay at least 6 days at the University of Louisville Hospital. An update yesterday (10-27-2022) said that Mr. Sanchez is doing better and is expected to make a full recovery.
Currently, $34,000 has been raised by 421 different donors to help with Oscar’s hospital bills and associated travel costs for his family.