March 10, 2010 in Nation/World

Phone sparks theater stabbing

Associated Press

LANCASTER, Calif. – A man was stabbed in the neck with a meat thermometer after asking a woman to silence her cell phone during a screening of the film “Shutter Island” at a Southern California movie theater, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the stabbing happened Feb. 27 during a screening of the Martin Scorsese film in Lancaster. He said the two suspects remain at large.

Whitmore said the victim had complained about a woman sitting nearby who was talking on her phone during the movie. The woman left with two men, but the men returned minutes later and stabbed the victim in the neck, according to Whitmore.

Two other people in the theater came to the victim’s aid and also were hurt. The man was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The sheriff’s office said it knew the weapon used was a meat thermometer because the suspects left it behind. No further details were released.

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