Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, Austin DJ Miguel Angel showed up to a popular downtown club to play a show with fresh knife wounds across his face. Only hours earlier, on Friday the 13th, Angel had been stabbed in his East Austin apartment, Austin police said.
Angel, known to fans as “ulovei,” chronicled the night on social media, proving the old adage that the show must go on.
Austin police had responded shortly after 9 p.m. Friday to Angel’s apartment in the 800 block of East 14th Street. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services had also received the call about the incident and told police the stabbing involved a sword, according to an arrest affidavit.
Angel, who was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, told police his attacker was local bar owner Shusaku Shiroyama, 32, who goes by “Charlie.” Shiroyama was spotted by police near 32nd Street and Interstate 35 about 40 minutes after the call to authorities and was arrested, the affidavit said.
Angel told the American-Statesman that he had been waiting at his apartment for a friend so they could go together to a show he was scheduled to play that night. He said someone knocked on his door, and, thinking it was his friend, he opened it. Instead it was a man in a ski mask with a samurai sword in his hand.
“He just started swinging at me and attacking,” Angel said.
He said he recognized Shiroyama by his voice and eyes. He said he grabbed the katana blade with his hands to keep Shiroyama from stabbing and slashing him further, but then Shiroyama pulled out a dagger from behind and stabbed Angel in the back. During the struggle, Angel said the mask moved to reveal more of Shiroyama’s face.
The DJ said that when his friend, Kirkland Audain, got to his apartment, Shiroyama began running after Audain.
Audain, who told police he recognized Shiroyama as the attacker, said he was able to get into his car, lock the door and call 911.
“It’s just surreal,” he said. “He was going to kill my friend if I hadn’t shown up.”
Audain said Shiroyama was a friend and said he didn’t know why the man would have wanted to attack him or Angel, who has performed at Shiroyama’s bar.
According to the affidavit, Shiroyama was charged with burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which are first- and second-degree felonies, and was being held Sunday at the Travis County Jail with bail set at $60,000.
Angel posted video and photos of himself on social media Friday night at UMC Brackenridge with injuries.
Angel said he has three stab wounds, including a large wound in the back, and multiple injuries to his hands, arms, face and neck. He said his body has no internal damage from the incident.
The DJ also retweeted Twitter posts from his friends showing him being treated at the hospital.
Angel said doctors did not want him to leave the hospital and told him to rest, but he knew he wanted to make it to the show he was scheduled to play.
After getting treated, Angel said, he left the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and was able to play the last part of the show.
About 1:30 a.m., Angel posted a video showing him spinning at the Volstead Lounge on East Sixth Street for a Friday the 13th show with DJ Luis Espada, also known as King Louie.
“I just didn’t want anybody to know that they can keep me down,” he said. “This guy wanted to hurt me (and) wanted to stop me, so I’m not going to let that happen.”
Angel said it was painful to spin at the show because of the cuts and fresh wounds on his hands and fingers, but his friends helped him carry bags and equipment.
Angel said seeing his friends at the gig and playing to the crowd was just what he needed after the traumatic incident.
“I didn’t just want to be at home crying in bed or something. That wouldn’t have helped me,” he said. “It feels good to know that so many people have my back here in Austin.”
Angel said he has received calls, social media messages and texts from friends, acquaintances and people he hasn’t spoken to in years wishing him well after the incident.