Moviegoer stabbed for confronting cell phone user in theater

A man was stabbed in the neck with a meat thermometer for asking a woman to turn off her cell phone in a Lancaster movie theater, and the sheriff's department is seeking the public's help locating two suspects.

The man was stabbed last Saturday at the Cinemark 22, 2600 W. Avenue I, said Detective Richard Cartmill of the Lancaster sheriff's station.

"The movie was on and a woman was on the phone, likely one of the suspects' girlfriend, and the victim asked her to turn it off,'' Cartmill said.

"He was attacked by the two suspects and stabbed in the neck with a meat thermometer.''

The victim was expected to survive, he said. Two other people who tried to defend the victim also were injured.

No arrests were made, but detectives released surveillance video of the suspects this week in hopes of catching them.

The suspects were described as black males, one wearing an orange hat and orange jersey or jacket and the other a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on the attack was asked to contact the Lancaster sheriff's station at (661) 948-8466.

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