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Man Stabbed With Pen At SF Library In Dispute Over Newspaper

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San Francisco Public Library, Portola Branch. (SF Public Library)

San Francisco Public Library, Portola Branch. (SF Public Library)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A fight over whose turn it was to read a newspaper at San Francisco’s Portola Branch Library led to a man getting stabbed in the face with a pen on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The attack was reported at about 2:15 p.m. at the library, located at 380 Bacon St.

Officers arrived to find the 46-year-old victim with a cut under one of his eyes and blue ink all over his face and hands, according to police.

The victim said he was in the library reading a newspaper when another man confronted him over whose turn it was to read the paper, police said.

The argument escalated and both men went outside, where the suspect punched the victim, then stabbed him just below the eye with a pen, causing a gash in his skin, according to police.

The suspect tried to stab him again, but the pen had broken and ink spilled all over the victim, police said.

Officers responded and detained the suspect nearby in the 200 block of Somerset Street.

The victim and other witnesses at the library identified the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, and he was booked at the Police Department’s Bayview Station on suspicion of aggravated assault, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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