Phoenix Tilted Kilt Employee Killed at Work

An employee of the Tilted Kilt restaurant in Downtown Phoenix was killed at work this morning.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times the killing is apparently the result of a fight between two members of the kitchen staff.

There were six employees at the restaurant at CityScape, preparing the restaurant to open for the day, and the two men who ended up fighting were in an area away from the rest of the workers, Crump says.

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Police responded to the call of an injured person just before 9 a.m., and found the two people involved in the kitchen area, both of them with cuts or stabs.

One man was alert and talking -- and he was still hospitalized as of 1 p.m. today -- while the other was non-responsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither man's name has been released at this point, but Crump says they're both in their 20s.

There's no known motive right now, Crump says.

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Here's what we just received from Phoenix PD:
The suspect in this mornings stabbing has been identified as Javier Romero, a Hispanic male, 23 years of age. He is being booked this afternoon into the MCSO jail for one count of murder in the second degree and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer. Evidence and witness statements suggest that Romero attacked the victim this morning without provocation and then self inflicted the injuries he sustained.

The suspect was combative with our officers throughout the day including an attempt to disarm one of our officers at the hospital while he was being treated.

The victim has been identified as the Miguel (Mike) Angel Hernandez, 26 years of age. He worked at the restaurant since it opened about three years ago and his family has asked that you use the attached photo for any media coverage. The motive for the stabbing and the suspect's behavior is still unknown at this point.

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