Altercation leads to stabbing at Smithfield Packing Plant

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) – The man Smithfield Police say stabbed another man at the Smithfield Packing Plant was arraigned in court Monday.

Yunior Torres-Ortiz, photo courtesy Smithfield Police.
Yunior Torres-Ortiz, photo courtesy Smithfield Police.

According to Lt. Matthew Rogers with Smithfield Police Department,officers were dispatched to the plant around 1:45 a.m. July 10 for a report of a stabbing. Two employees got into an altercation inside the plant, during which one person was stabbed several times in the back with a pair of scissors.

The 45-year-old victim was transported to Riverside Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect, Yunior Ramon Torres-Ortiz of Newport News, was apprehended by police before 6 a.m. after receiving treatment in Newport News. He has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

The plant was on lockdown for a brief period of time while police investigated, but returned to normal operations early Thursday morning.

Torres-Ortiz will be back in court July 17 for a bond hearing.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for updates.


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