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W.Va. man stabbed in neck

December 09, 1998|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A dispute over a woman is believed to be the cause of an altercation that left a Martinsburg man bleeding from a stab wound to the neck early Tuesday, according to court records.

Charged in the fight was Juan Martinez Escobedo, 30, of Martinsburg, who was arraigned on charges of malicious wounding Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, police said.

Escobedo was ordered held on $10,000 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail. Escobedo could be sentenced to two to 10 years in prison if convicted of felony malicious wounding.

Martinsburg City Police said officers found Jesus Estrada, 19, bleeding from a puncture wound to the neck shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday at the 7-11 store at the intersection of King Street and Winchester Avenue.

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Police followed a trail of blood on King Street to an apartment at 519 W. King Street, where Estrada was stabbed with a kitchen knife during a fight, police said in court records.

A witness told police Estrada had come over to the apartment earlier in the evening and fought with another man, according to court records.

Estrada, who claimed to have dated the woman who lived at the apartment, told police the suspect grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him in the neck with it, according to court records.

Estrada, who police said lost a large amount of blood in the incident, was taken by ambulance to Martinsburg City Hospital where he was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon, hospital officials said.

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