UPDATE: Argument leads to stabbing in Sarge’s Mini Mart, officials say

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – An argument over a yard sign resulted in two people being injured inside a convenience store.

According to the release, at 1:26 p.m. on Saturday, the Sioux City Police Department (SCPD) responded to a report of a stabbing at Sarge’s Mini Mart on Indian Hills Boulevard.

Upon arrival, officers found two injured victims, a 24-year-old woman and Jasper Symons, 26, of Sioux City. The woman was reported to have lacerations that required medical attention while Symons had minor injuries, according to the SCPD.

Officers detained Amari Barker, 24, of Sioux City, at the scene who was determined to be the cause of the injuries.

According to the police, there was an on-going feud between Barker and a 19-year-old female, both employees at Sarge’s, and some residents who live across the street in the 1600 block of Indian Hills.

The victims in the residence on Indian Hills were holding a yard sale and Barker and the female placed a
sign next to the road that disparaged the people living at that residence.

In response to the sign, Symons and the 24-year-old woman came over to the store and damaged vehicles belonging to Barker and the other employee and a fight broke out between the group.

Barker armed himself with two swords and attacked the 24-year-old woman causing her injury. Barker then
threw a brick at Symons causing him injury.

Barker was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Symons was charged with criminal mischief for damaging the cars.

Both men were booked into the Woodbury County Jail.


PREVIOUS (9/11/2021 4:00 p.m.): The Sioux City Police Department are investigating an incident at Indian Hills Drive that resulted in two people being injured.

According to Sergeant Steve TenNapel, police received an alert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday of a stabbing at the Sarge’s Mini Mart. Upon arrival at the scene, two people were reportedly injured and transferred to the hospital while two others, the suspect and witness, were taken to the station for questioning.

The victims were treated then released and are currently being questioned by the police.

Investigation is ongoing.

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