As Robot 6 reported earlier this evening, violence broke out at Comic-Con International today with a dispute over seating near the end of the “Resident Evil: Afterlife” panel in Hall H ending in a stabbing.
Shortly after the incident, CBR News was on the scene to capture a photo of the stabbing suspect in police custody and to speak with Sergeant Gary Mondesir of the San Diego Police Department about the incident.
“Basically, inside of Hall H during Comic-Con, prior to one of the showings, two males got into a dispute,” Sergeant Mondesir said. “One male attacked the other male, stabbing him on the side of his eye with a pen. Officers were relatively close by. Citizens within the hall detained the person. Officers came and arrested him, and right now we’re processing the scene inside.”
The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center immediately for treatment while the suspect was arrested without incident thanks to the aid of attendees including, as Mondesir said, “The victim’s friend actually assisted in taking the suspect into custody.”
The sergeant explained that the dispute did break out after one person stated that the other person sitting through a panel to attend a later one should leave. “He’ll be charged with assault with a deadly weapon due to the stabbing in the eye,” he added of the next step in the investigation. “We are still processing the scene. We have a field evidence technician who’s taking measurements and collecting evidence…The show is still going on. It happened in an area where we didn’t have to stop the show. We can actually work around it and process the scene. It happened inside the hall but off to the side.
“We have numerous witnesses -Â I’m not at liberty to tell you how many -Â but we’ve taken their statements.”
Mondesir added that “This is extremely rare. The folks that attend here are extremely well behaved. The police asked them to do things like cross the street and it’s a mass full of people, yet they orderly all cross the street. We have no problem with the attendees of Comic-Con.”
Since the incident, programming has resumed in Hall H, including the hotly anticipated Marvel Studios panel, which was held up when the hall went on lock down for police to investigate.
CBR has reached out to Comic-Con officials for a statement and will update when more information is available.
UPDATE: Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations David Glanzer spoke with CBR hours after the incident and explained, “Sadly, an incident like this is something you never want to happen. Right now, we’re deferring to the San Diego Police Department who was on site very quickly. My understanding is that they apprehended the suspect and completed their investigation in probably less than an hour. The programs were delayed for about 40 minutes, but everything is back up and running.”
As to the frequency of any violence or trouble happen at Comic-Con, Glanzer said, “I’ve been with the show since 1984, and I don’t remember an incident anything near to this in all the years that I’ve been here, and anything I’ve heard about prior…I don’t know that it was anything like this. This is a first time.”
For more with Glanzer on the weekend to date, check back to CBR tomorrow morning.