Suspect in Saturday's attack identified

Police have identified the man they believe to be responsible for the brutal attack of an Amarillo man early Saturday morning.

Troopers with the Department of Public Safety found the 42-year-old victim, Thavone Kayakone "walking and stumbling" in the road near Western and Catalpa. He had multiple lacerations to his head, and injuries to his face and arms. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where he is still being treated.

The victim told police that he was giving a man that he only knew by the first name "Vong" a ride home from a restaurant on Amarillo Boulevard. During the ride, "Vong" asked the victim to stop the car. Kayakone did thinking that the suspect needed to use the restroom. That's when, according to the victim, "Vong" pulled out a handgun and ordered the man to get out of the car. When he wouldn't get out, the suspect began hitting him repeatedly with the handgun, forcing him out of the car.

Officers investigating the incident believed the suspect was at a home in the 3700 block of Beta. Officers started watching the home around eight that morning. A few hours later, around eleven, Vongsavanh Phommathep, 39, of 3706 Beta came out the front door. He was taken into custody without incident, and booked at the Randall County jail on a charge of aggravated robbery.

A Randall county deputy had located the victim's car in the 4000 block of Catalpa around seven Saturday morning.

The case will be referred to the Randall County District Attorney's office for consideration of formal charges.

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