Jose Ortega, 67, has been charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action
A Missouri man has been charged with stabbing his 12-year-old grandson in the arm after an argument over a donut.
Jose Ortega, 67, was charged Tuesday with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in the Kansas City suburb of Raytown.
Ortega told police the boy was disrespectful and that he ‘snapped’ early Tuesday as the boy was getting ready for school when the child refused to give him a donut.
The grandfather allegedly grabbed the boy by the neck, began to choke him, and threw him to the ground, according to the charging documents.
Ortega stabbed the boy in the arm ‘once or twice’. He said he was not intending to kill the boy, but did want to hurt him.
The bleeding boy fled from his home and ran to get help at a neighbor’s house.
The exterior of the home where Jose Ortega allegedly stabbed his 12-year-old grandson
The neighbors were woken up by banging on the door shortly after 7am.
‘I looked down at the child and I saw his arm and I was like, “Get in here, C’mon get in the house. C’mon get in the house,”‘, said neighbor Courtney Payne to Fox 4 KC.
‘It was more his safety than anything,’ Courtney Payne said. ‘I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. The whole time he’s sitting there like, “Am I going to lose my arm? What happened? Why did he do this? Why did grandpa do this to me?”’
Payne rode in the ambulance with the boy to the hospital.
Ortega returned home shortly before 11am and was taken into custody with no incident
The laceration went completely through the boy’s forearm, creating a 4-inch long wound.
When police arrived at the scene, they found several drops of apparent blood on the floor.
A lunch pail was lying open on the floor in front of the refrigerator, and there was apparent blood smeared on the inside of the storm door of the house
Neighbor Courtney Payne (pictured) rode in the ambulance with the child to the hospital
Police found what appeared to be blood on a knife with a 10-inch blade outside the victim’s home.
The boy’s grandfather returned home just before 11am and police took him into custody without incident.
Bond is set at $50,000 for Ortega. No attorney is listed for him in online court records. If convicted, he will face five to 15 years in prison.