28-year-old Marco Moreno, the man now in jail and charged with murder and aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing multiple people at religious gathering, is no stranger to law enforcement.
3News reached out to Moreno's family Thursday, but were quickly told "no comment" and asked to leave.
Moreno was arrested Wednesday night after stabbing four people during a church gathering at their pastor's home in the 1200 block of Cambridge Drive.
A check of public records, however, revealed that Moreno has a checkered background. His earliest criminal charges date back to 2008, where he was charged with theft and resisting arrest.
In 2013, he was arrested for assault causing bodily injury.
In 2014 and 2015, Moreno had run-ins with law enforcement for drug possession.
Oddly, Moreno also came to the attention of the U.S. Secret Service in June of 2017 when he traveled to Trump Tower in New York City and requested to speak with President Trump. He did not violate any federal laws during the encounter, and no criminal charges were filed by the Secret Service.
Several of the cases were dropped and were never adjudicated; but after this latest incident, he is facing the toughest criminal charges yet.
"Make no mistake," said Mark Gonzalez, Nueces County District Attorney. "I mean, if you go into a place of worship or a place that is supposed to be a safe place, and that case comes before me, comes before my office, no prayers are going to help you."
Gonzalez said sadly, it's cases like this that should make people more cautious.
"The main thing is that you need to be vigilant out there no matter where you're at," Gonzalez said. "Whether you're in Corpus Christi or you're in any other town, you always need to be aware of your surroundings."
Gonzalez said it could be some time before his office gets the case since the investigation is still underway; but when it does, he said he'll have a team of prosecutors ready to tackle the case.
In the meantime, Moreno remains in the Nueces County Jail on a $1.4 million bond.
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