One woman was hospitalized and another arrested after a fight over the last rib at a backyard barbecue turned violent.
The fight broke out on North Turner Street in Muncie on Sunday night. Officers got a call about a stabbing around 7 p.m., in the midst of a large family barbecue.
According to a police report obtained by the Muncie Star Press, a woman told police she had been stabbed in the eye with a fork by Sabrina Davis, a family friend.
“She was upset that Davis was taking the last rib from the kitchen,” an officer said in the report. “(She) then confronted Davis about taking all the food.”
During the confrontation, the victim said Davis was using a fork to take meat from a pan when she turned and used the fork to stab her in the eye.
That victim was taken to the hospital for lacerations and a swollen eye and later released.
Davis told officers she was acting in self-defense, after the victim pulled out a knife during the argument.
“Davis states she stabbed (the victim) in the eye so she wouldn’t stab her with the knife,” the officer said.
The story quickly became the talk of the town, as it hit the front page of the paper Wednesday. One neighbor told FOX59 she went to buy a newspaper so she could see it herself.
“I usually get the paper to read it but today was special, so I thought I’d go out and buy one,” that neighbor said.
A woman at the house where the fight happened called it embarrassing. Neighbors agreed the entire ordeal was unfortunate and went too far.
“It was just so ridiculous. … Barbecue’s good and all that, but it’s not worth sticking somebody in the eye with a fork, you know?” a neighbor said.