HPD: Woman stabs suspect after refusing to be part of immigration scheme

By Erica Young - News Producer
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Marquesha Vonique Thompson is accused of stabbing a woman over an immigration scheme.

HOUSTON - Police have arrested a woman who is accused of stabbing another woman outside a restaurant on Houston's south side.

Marquesha Vonique Thompson, 22, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to court documents, Thompson is accused of trying to get a woman to take part in a scheme that involved her marrying a man from Africa in order to get U.S. citizenship.

The alleged victim, Vanita Saddler, told investigators she had a meeting with Thompson at a nail salon on April 8. Saddler said her intention was to tell Thompson she did not want to take part in the scheme. Saddler said she told Thompson she did not want to participate, and Thompson seemed to take it well at first.

According to court documents, the women then went to a nearby restaurant. Saddler said Thompson began making comments about the scheme at the restaurant and said she "needed to get paid."

Court documents say when the women went outside the restaurant that things got violent. Saddler said Thompson pulled out a folding pocket knife and began approaching her in a threatening manner.

Saddler said she instinctively took action and jumped on Thompson's back and wrestled her down to the ground. According to court documents, Thompson talked Saddler into letting her up. Saddler said that's when Thompson stabbed her in the back of her right shoulder. Saddler said Thompson also bit her twice on the back.

Saddler pressed charges against Thompson.

Thompson is being held in the Harris County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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