5 Thanksgiving Mayhem Leftovers: Stabbings, Fire, More Stabbings, Black Friday Chick Fights!

Nothing left but the leftovers (as in turkey and news items).
Nothing left but the leftovers (as in turkey and news items).
Photo by flickr user Daniel

If you think you had the dysfunctional family Thanksgiving to end all dysfunctional family Thanksgivings, get a load of what's to follow ...



An unidentified Huntington Beach couple began arguing Thanksgiving morning and things got so heated that the man stabbed his wife several times before turning the sharp instrument on himself, according to police. The call to a home in the 6100 block of Edinger Avenue came in about 9:40 a.m.--about the time it might sink in that there is no avoiding your mother-in-law this year. The domestic violence call produced a woman who had been stabbed multiple times, a man who had been stabbed at least once, a trip with paramedics to the hospital for both, treatment for wounds both are expected to survive and, according to Huntington Beach Police, an arrest for attempted murder for the groom.


Six members of a family were about to dig into their Thanksgiving dinner when a fire broke out in their home in the 10 block of Halfmoon in Irvine, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. One man suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns, according to the Orange County Fire Authority, which pinned an upper bedroom on the second floor as the the location where the blaze started. Another adult resident, a young boy and girl and a visiting couple were not harmed from the fire, which caused an estimated $450,000 in damage.

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Some family members just should not be brought together. Take two nephews who have had a poor relationship with two uncles for a long time, according to Anaheim Police, who were sent to the 400 block of South Helena Street at 10:15 p.m. Thursday about a family dispute. Heated words gave way to two of the men in their 50s being stabbed by their nephews, one in the chest and the other in his arm. Both were taken by paramedics to a hospital and were expected to survive their injuries. Anaheim residents Richard Diaz, 34, and James Diaz, 22, were arrested on suspicion of felony assault, reports Anaheim Police Lt. Bob Dunn.


Samantha Rivera gets popped at Kohl's.
Samantha Rivera gets popped at Kohl's.
Courtesy of Tustin Police Department

Three female shoppers beat the stuffing out of two others around 1 a.m. Friday, during the Black Friday shopping spree at the Tustin Kohl's department store--in the baby section, no less. Police responding to the store in the 18100 block of Irvine Boulevard were directed to the two victims, one of whom was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana "as a precaution," according to Tustin Police Sgt. Ryan Coe said. Her injuries were not life-threatening, and the second victim suffered lacerations, Coe explained. Meanwhile, Kohl's security pointed officers to one of the suspects, 19-year-old Samantha Rivera of Tustin, who was booked into Orange County Jail and held on $25,000 bail heading into arraignment today. The other two suspects fled the store but were contacted by the cops. One, a juvenile, was released to her parents. The other was also released, pending further investigation.


Wal-Mart Barbie?
Wal-Mart Barbie?

There was also a Black Friday tussle between two women over a Barbie doll inside the Wal-Mart on Imperial Highway in Norwalk Thursday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The unidentified ladies pushed and shoved one another, but no one was hurt and there were no arrests, according to deputies, who considered the incident "minor."

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

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