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Worn-out welcome leads to stabbing

Unhappy host allegedly slashes guest refused to leave

Posted: July 22, 2008 1:40 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
A late-night drinking session left one man recovering from a stabbing Monday and another man charged with allegedly attacking him with a knife.

Sheriff's Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said an altercation arose between two men in Canyon Country when one of the men refused to leave the home of the other.

Joseph O'Malley, 46, of Canyon Country was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and Monday remained behind bars at the sheriff's station in lieu of $30,000 bail.

At around 12:30 a.m., sheriff's deputies were called to Solamint Road in response to a report that a man had been stabbed, Harris said.

When they arrived they found a man bleeding from a stab wound "who told them he had just been stabbed."

According to what the victim reportedly told deputies, he and O'Malley were watching TV and had been drinking.

"(O'Malley) stood up on a chair and from the chair stepped onto a desk," Harris said. "The man then lunged at the victim."

When O'Malley reportedly leaped from the desk, the victim put up his arm in defense and was, at that point, was stabbed.

"The victim ran out of the location having suffered a laceration on his arm," Harris explained, reading from the deputies' report.

When questioned by investigating officers, O'Malley reportedly said he had wanted the man to leave but the man refused.

Harris said the two men have known each other for about a year.

The suspected weapon used in the attack was described as a knife with a fixed blade and a brown handle.

Paramedics treated the injured man and took him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.


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