Fight between brothers over who had eaten ‘the last of the ribs’ ends in stabbing

Council Bluffs police say a New Mexico man stabbed his brother in a fight that began over who had eaten the last of the ribs.

The 34-year-old man was charged with willful injury and domestic assault with intent to inflict serious injury after the Saturday incident. He is being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail and faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Bluffs police responded to a dispute at midnight Saturday inside a room at a hotel near 27th Avenue and South 24th Street. Investigators found a pocket knife outside the door with blood on it. In the hotel bathroom, they found the injured brother cleaning blood from a stab wound to his abdomen.

The 35-year-old man was taken to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in the Bluffs.

His 34-year-old brother told police that he had been arguing with his brother about “who had eaten the last of the ribs” when things became physical.

The stabbing victim told police his brother had punched him multiple times. He later noticed he had been stabbed in the stomach.

The brother who was stabbed told officers he didn’t want to press charges against his brother.

The 34-year-old’s next court hearing is set for next week.

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