Violent Incident Interrupts Comic-Con's Big Day

Man arrested after stabbing another in the face with a pen in dispute over seating

By Jen Yamato Jul 25, 2010 12:52 AMTags
Harrison FordKevin Winter/Getty Images

Disturbing news out of Comic-Con, where Universal's scheduled afternoon panel was briefly delayed following a stabbing in the convention center's packed Hall H, leaving one man hospitalized and another in police custody.

As thousands of fans waited for Universal's presentation of Cowboys & Aliens, featuring director Jon Favreau and star Harrison Ford, an audible scuffle broke out in the crowded hall, causing confusion among audience members. A Comic-Con representative asked attendees to disperse as Con security moved in.

Sources from Universal tell E! News that there was a seating scuffle and one attendee  stabbed another in the face with a pen.

Uniformed officers escorted a male attendee out in plastic restraints (the alleged assailant had blood stains on his shirt, one of the free Harry Potter Comic-Con T-shirts given out earlier today), while medics wheeled out another patron on a stretcher. The latter was taken to the hospital with what San Diego police described as a "minor cut near the eyelid."

The attacker was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The identities of the men are not being immediately released.

The Universal panel was delayed for nearly 20 minutes, pushing back the day's most anticipated session—Marvel's movie presentation with footage from Thor and Captain America and an introduction of the full cast of The Avengers. Stay tuned for more details on that session.


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