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Mesa telemarketer suspected of stabbing co-worker with pen

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Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:34 am | Updated: 12:27 pm, Tue Dec 6, 2011.

Police are looking for a 36-year-old telemarketing worker that officers say stabbed a co-worker in the chest with a pen after being fired from his job Monday when the co-worker reported him for breaking the plexi-glass on malfunctioning vending machine.

The incident happened inside Stellar Graphics Inc., in the 3000 block of South Country Club Drive about 1 p.m. shortly after the suspect began banging on a vending machine when the item he was trying to purchase got stuck and he broke the plexi-glass. His co-worker told him that he just couldn't break things and told a supervisor. After management fired the suspect, he threatened to kill the co-worker, went back to his desk and retrieved a pen that witnesses said he used to stab the co-worker in the chest, according to Mesa police.

The suspect, whose name was not available, is facing aggravated assault-related offenses. He walked out of the business and discarded the pen in a trash can, police said.

The victim, who had a non-life threatening wound, was treated at the office by Mesa Fire Department emergency personnel and desires prosecution, police said.

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