04/15/08 — Man stabbed over chicken

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Man stabbed over chicken

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on April 15, 2008 2:05 PM

A fight between two roommates over the biggest piece of chicken ended when one stabbed the other with a knife, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said.

Detective Sgt. Richard Baker and other patrol officers found Mario Pascual suffering from a stab wound to his lower chest at his home on Landis Road on Friday evening, Effler said.

Pascual was listed in serious but stable condition at Wayne Memorial Hospital, the Sher-iff's Office captain said today.

Authorities charged Pas-cual's roommate, Jose Maria Saguilan, 36, Landis Road, Stantonsburg with assaulting Pascual with a deadly weapon, a kitchen knife.

"The story we have heard is that they were fighting over a piece of chicken," Effler said.

Saguilan was jailed under $50,000 secured bond on the felony-level charge, authorities said.

Police are not exactly sure how the fight escalated to a stab wound, but Effler said investigation showed Saguilan was preparing the chicken before the fight.

"The guy who was the stabber was the cook. We don't have the (weapon)" in custody, Effler said.

Police say investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

According to state law, people convicted of an assault with a deadly weapon that causes serious injury -- but had no intent to kill -- are guilty of a Class D felony.

Class E felonies are punishable by a maximum of five years in prison for most offenders, according to state law.