Investigation underway after Marine stabbed in base housing on Camp Pendleton
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — A Marine was stabbed three times in a drunken brawl at his base housing unit on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton early Saturday, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Monday.
No one has been charged in the case. An NCIS spokesperson declined to comment on the investigation.
"Out of respect for the investigative process, NCIS does not comment on or confirm details relating to ongoing investigations," said Jeff Houston, an NCIS spokesperson, in an email. "I can confirm that the investigation is ongoing."
The Marine was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital Saturday but has since been released, according to a Marine spokesperson. His wounds were not serious, the Marines said. He is attached to 1st Marine Division, Headquarters Battalion, the spokesperson said.
While the incident involved three individuals — two of whom are civilians — neither the Marines nor NCIS would say which of the three are considered suspects in the case. All three sustained knife wounds, witnesses told investigators. Marine Major Roger Hollenbeck, a spokesperson for the 1st Marine Division, said the Marine is not under arrest.
According to the affidavit, the Marine, his wife and her cousin were at a birthday party earlier that night and on the way home the husband and wife got into an argument. When they returned to their residence on base, the argument continued, and eventually got physical, the cousin later told NCIS investigators. He intervened in the fight, according to the affidavit.
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