A man attending Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, was stabbed near the eye with a pen by another Comic-Con attendee after an argument broke out Sunday, July 25.
The two men, both in their 20′s, were apparently arguing over whether one was sitting too close to the other, police said.
The Comic-Con attendee that was stabbed was taken to a hospital with a minor cut, said San Diego Police Officer David Stafford. The attacker was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon, he said.
The incident took place while attendees were waiting for a panel featuring actor Seth Rogen discussing the science-fiction comedy Paul. The panel was delayed about 30 minutes while the situation was dealt with. Attendees were shown a series of movie trailers until the panel began.
“The room was very crowded and the males argued over one male sitting too close to the other,” Stafford said.
“Well, there is a crowd issue. It’s gotten really crowded. And if anything, an incident like this points to the need for more space,” Comic-Con attendee Zennie Abraham told iReport.
“Should Comic-Con be in San Diego? I think so, but San Diego’s got to make more space for it. It’s become too big and I didn’t think anything like this could happen because it’s a chill event but it did happen.”
Sunday, July 25, is the last of Comic-Con 2010. Police Officer David Stafford said this is the only incident that has occurred during the convention this year.