Blood, ink shed in hot-off-presses stabbing 

Start spreading the news — or get stabbed.

A man was pierced in the face with a pen during a dispute with another man over whose turn it was to read a newspaper at a public library in San Francisco on Saturday, police said.

Cops responding to a report of an assault at the Portola Branch Library found a 46-year-old man lying on the ground about 2:15 p.m. A puncture wound under his eye gushed blood, police said, and blue ink was splattered on his face and hands.

The victim told cops he had been reading one of the library’s newspapers when the pen-wielding news junkie claimed it was his turn to see the paper. They took the tiff outside, where the suspect threatened to punch the victim, police said. But the victim didn’t believe the suspect had the nerve to punch him. He was wrong, police said.

When the victim fought back, the suspect pulled out a pen and threatened to stab him in the eye, but ended up stabbing him just below the eye, police said.

The assailant fled. People who witnessed the dispute fingered the pen-wielding suspect as the primary aggressor, police said. A suspect was located a few blocks away.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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