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'Shutter Island' moviegoer stabbed in neck with meat thermometer after complaining about cellphone call

March 9, 2010 |  2:48 pm

A Shutter Island moviegoer was stabbed in the neck with a meat thermomiter.A dispute at a Lancaster movie theater during a screening of "Shutter Island" ended when a man, who had complained about someone nearby talking on a cellphone, was stabbed in the neck with a meat thermometer.

The incident occurred two weeks ago at the Cinemark 22 theater in Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The theater was packed for a 9 p.m. Saturday screening of the Martin Scorsese horror movie when the victim complained about a woman near him who was using a cellphone during the show. She and two men with her left the movie theater. Two men returned a few minutes later and stabbed the victim, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

"It was vicious and cowardly attack," Whitmore said.

The victim, who was not identified, was hospitalized with serious injuries Two other moviegoers who came to the victim's aid were also were hurt during the fight, officials said.

The attackers are still at large. Anyone with information on the attack is asked to contact the Lancaster sheriff's station at (661) 948-8466.

-- Richard Winton