Police: Man in wheelchair used pen to stab

Sept. 9, 2008 at 9:11 PM
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CEDAR CITY, Utah, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A wheelchair-bound Cedar City, Utah, man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his brother-in-law several times in the face with a ballpoint pen, police said.

Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said Jesus Javier Ortega, 30, had been arguing with his brother-in-law periodically throughout the day before the stabbing occurred while Ortega was being helped out of the family car outside the True Life Center church, the Deseret Morning News reported Tuesday.

"The suspect had been in prison and the victim has been helping to raise his children. There was some dispute over the way the victim was raising his children," Womack said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was treated for punctures near his left ear, lip and right cheek at a hospital and was later released after receiving more than a dozen stitches.

Ortega was arrested on suspicion of second-degree felony aggravated assault. He was taken to the Iron County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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