Man Charged in Perdue Plant Stabbing

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

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Bridgewater, Va. (WHSV) A Harrisonburg man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing at the Perdue plant in Bridgewater Thursday night.

Iyad Jawad Al Shammar, 23, from Harrisonburg has been charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding.

The two others involved in the case are brothers: Elias Gutierrez and Jose A. Camarena Gutierrez.

Both of them are from Bridgewater.

Elias is now in stable condition at U Va. Medical Center, while Jose was initially treated at RMH, but has since been released.

It did not appear that Jose was stabbed in the fight.

"The three associates involved in the altercation have been suspended pending our investigation. We have additional steps to secure the facility and ensure all our associates are safe," said Joe Forsthoffer, the Spokesman for Perdue Farms, "We do have a policy, a very strict policy against any form of workplace violence."

"Our understanding is that this escalated from a personal argument. Two additional associates received minor wounds subduing the individual with the knife. Emergency services personnel were called to the scene as were the police. We are cooperating with the Rockingham Sheriff's Department and Bridgewater Police, as well as conducting our own internal investigation," said Forsthoffer.


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