Roberto's Taco Shop cook stabbed 14 times is grateful to be alive

Roberto's Taco Shop cook Marcos Mendiola says he is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed 14 times by a customer upset over carne asada. (Antonio Castelan | KSNV)

A taco shop cook is lucky to be alive after someone stabbed him 14 times. He says a customer angered over nachos started stabbing employees.

Marcos Mendiola, 40, sits in a UMC hospital bed wondering how an argument over carne asada and chicken nacho toppings caused a vicious stabbing spree.

Two of his coworkers had their arms slashed. The Roberto's Taco Shop cook took 14 stabs: seven to the stomach, four to the back, two to the head, and one to the arm.

“He and two other employees were working at around 11:30 last night at the restaurant off of North Rainbow and Vegas, and that's when two young Hispanic men walked in demanding meat and chicken on their nachos,” recalled Mendiola. “The cashier told them they could have one or the other but not both per company policy. The men then got angry and went into the kitchen.”

Mendiola says one of the men asked if he wanted to fight him.

After the first suspect took a swing, another man came from behind and started stabbing Mendiola. A woman was also involved.

The 15-year veteran cook says he remembers waking up with puncture wounds all over his body.

“When I regained consciousness his arm was slit open and a person came and set a towel over it,” said Mendiola.

Mendiola only remembers two men and a woman initiating the fight. Brian Mendiola, the victim's son, can't believe three people did this to his dad.

"The other guy was just stabbing him,” said Brian. “There was a lady with him too. She was kicking and punching."

Police say the three suspects may have left in a light-colored silver Honda.

Mendiola hopes the people who almost took his life are caught soon before they do this again.

“They need to find them because it's not right for this to happen,” said Mendiola.

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