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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Suspects held in Whitewater stabbing incident

--- Altercation involved roommates

By Ted Sullivan/The Week

Two men remained in Walworth County Jail Thursday after two teens were stabbed in Whitewater earlier this week during an alcohol-infused argument that escalated throughout the night.

Jesus Hernandez Vargas, 25, and Orlando Loyo Montes, 26, appeared in Walworth County Circuit Court and were ordered held in jail on $10,000 cash bail. Both men are accused of attacking their roommates Tuesday night near their duplex on 214 S. Esterly St.

Officers went to their home at about 7 p.m. for a reported dispute, Whitewater Police Chief James Coan said Thursday. After the officers left the home, the roommates continued arguing.

One suspect grabbed a large butcher knife and speared an 18-year-old man several times in the chest and back, then stabbed the 16-year-old boy in the thigh and upper back, Coan said.

The second suspect is accused of beating the 16-year-old boy, Coan said.

After the attack, the alleged victims fled the duplex and went to a gas station on East Milwaukee Street near their home, Coan said.

Police went to the gas station at about 9:50 p.m. and found the 18-year-old man with wounds that appeared life threatening, Coan said. The 16-year-old boy had stab wounds and bruises on his face.

Both teens were taken to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital, Coan said.

The suspects also fled the duplex, Coan said, and Hernandez Vargas and Loyo Montes were arrested in a nearby backyard a short time later.

In court Thursday afternoon, Hernandez Vargas and Loyo Montes appeared on video from the nearby jail. Both men spoke to the judge through a Spanish-speaking interpreter.

"I didn't grab any knife," Loyo Montes said through his interpreter. "I didn't do anything."

Este Hart, with the Walworth County District Attorney's Office, told the judge the four roommates involved in the incident had lived in the duplex for a week. She said witnesses saw the attack, including men throwing kitchen pots at one another.

The attack remains under investigation, Coan said.

Hernandez Vargas and Loyo Montes face possible felony battery charges, and are expected to enter pleas after complaints are filed at a future date.

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