Man arrested after 'knife and soy sauce' incident

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Joel Nuccio, 37, was arrested after he allegedly hit a woman with a bottle of soy sauce. By Andrew Michalscheck Joel Nuccio, 37, was arrested after he allegedly hit a woman with a bottle of soy sauce. By Andrew Michalscheck

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- One person was stabbed and another was hurt following a wild scenario involving a bottle of soy sauce in Flagstaff Tuesday morning.

When Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies got to the scene, 37-year-old Joel Nuccio had a severe stab wound in one of his ankles and was bleeding profusely. He was also arrested for allegedly striking his 41- year old female friend with a bottle.

That female friend said Nuccio showed up to her apartment unannounced and uninvited.

The scenario started in the kitchen of her apartment. She said when she turned her back to get Nuccio coffee, he struck her in the head with a full bottle of soy sauce.

She said that’s when she got a knife and ordered Nuccio to get out of her house. Nuccio allegedly lunged toward her, and that’s when he was stabbed in his ankle.

The woman then said she tried to treat him for his stab wound and later placed him in the back of her pickup to drive him to a neighbor for assistance. 

During the drive, police said Nuccio somehow obtained a large screw driver and broke out the back window of the truck and tried stabbing the woman while she was driving. 

Once at the neighbor's residence, police said Nuccio attacked two people who were trying to help him. Those people held him down until deputies arrived and arrested him.

Nuccio has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of misdemeanor assault, and one count of disturbing the peace.

Aside from a bump above her left eye from the soy sauce bottle, the woman is expected to be ok.