Crime

Facebook Rivalry Between Teens Leads to Stabbing

| by Mark Berman

Two California teenagers involved in a rivalry on Facebook took their virtual battle into reality, leaving one of them stabbed, and the other under arrest. Michael Wilson, 16, is charged as an adult for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old former classmate, identified only as Julian C.

According to the Orange County DA's office, the two teens had engaged in "an online rivalry" through Facebook and personal email accounts. But things got real on March 11, when Julian and three friends drove to Wilson's house.

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While the friends waited in the car, Julian confronted Wilson outside the house. At some point, the DA says Wilson pulled a 12-inch carving knife, and stabbed Julian in the stomach. When his friends ran out of the car to help, Wilson allegedly cut two of them with the knife. All three victims recovered from their wounds.

Wilson is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. He could face up to 15 years in prison. He's out on bail and will be arraigned Monday morning.