Alleged eye stabber surrenders in the Sierra

A suspect in the eye-socket stabbing of a Plumas County man has turned himself in.

John Butcher, a resident of the Sierra Nevada town of Chester, was wanted for allegedly stabbing another Chester resident at the victim’s home on Monday, police said.

Citing a Plumas County Sheriff’s Office press release, the Plumas News reported that Butcher showed up at the home of Shawn Long intending to confront Long’s son, a juvenile. When Butcher attacked the son, Long tried to defend the boy, police said.

Butcher then allegedly stabbed Long just under his eyeball with a screwdriver. The shaft of the tool went through the nasal passage and out through the roof of Long’s mouth.

At that point Butcher left the scene on foot.

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Long was treated and released at a local hospital. His son suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

Butcher surrendered at the Plumas County Sheriff’s substation in Chester Tuesday morning. He claimed the stabbing was in self-defense, Sgt. Ian James said.

Butcher was jailed on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and burglary.

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