Man accused in ice pick stabbing charged with attempted murder

A Pacifica man accused of sinking an ice pick through the ear and into the brain of an ex-lover’s new boyfriend is scheduled to face a judge the day before Thanksgiving.

Arthur John Armstrong, 37, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing and critically injuring the 39-year-old victim during a vicious beach brawl near the Pacifica Pier on Monday, authorities said. <br>
Cops say Armstrong was drinking with his girlfriend when he spotted his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend nearby.

The couples traded “hard stares and insults,” then Armstrong allegedly threw a firecracker at the boyfriend, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The boyfriend charged at Armstrong with swinging fists, Wagstaffe said. Meanwhile, Armstrong’s girlfriend allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend for calling cops.

After the fight was over, Armstrong and his girlfriend fled the area, leaving the ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend in bad shape, police said.

Responding medics discovered he had been stabbed through his left ear and skull and into his brain, Wagstaffe said.

The victim was conscious when medics arrived, but fell unconscious while providing a brief statement to police, Wagstaffe said. At the hospital, he was placed into an induced coma. He is expected to survive.

Cops found an ice pick-shank in nearby bushes, Wagstaffe said.

They later located and arrested Armstrong nearby. He denied stabbing the victim, Wagstaffe said.

Armstrong was scheduled to enter his plea in a South San Francisco courtroom Wednesday. He remains in custody on no bail status.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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