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WATCH: Man arrested at nearby hotel after 5-year-old girl stabbed & seriously wounded at northeast El Paso McDonald’s

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Police at the scene of a stabbing of a young girl at a McDonald's on Dyer Street.

EL PASO, Texas -- A five-year-old El Paso girl was stabbed by a man and seriously wounded on Tuesday afternoon at a northeast El Paso fast food restaurant, police and fire officials said.

The suspected attacker, a 25-year-old man, was arrested about an hour and a half later after police said they had found him "hiding out at nearby hotel room." (Watch exclusive video of the arrest take place in the video players at the top of this article.)

The stabbing happened just before 1:45 p.m. at the McDonald's restaurant at 9461 Dyer Street and the man fled on foot after stabbing the girl, police said.

A police spokesman said the girl was "randomly targeted" by the man as he walked into the play area.

The girl was transported by firefighters to University Medical Center on a code 3 status, which is used to designate those very seriously injured. She was then transferred to El Paso Children's Hospital and reportedly had suffered a stab wound to the stomach.

Police and hospital officials later said she was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The suspect was taken into custody just before 3:15 p.m. at the Super Lodge motel, police said. His identity was not immediately released, but a police spokesman said charges were pending.

The entire fast food restaurant was closed following the stabbing as officers cordoned off the crime scene to investigate and gather evidence.

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