A man who was the victim of an alleged stabbing at the Dunsmuir cemetery Wednesday of last week was later arrested for being drunk in public and resisting a peace officer with violence.

Deputies with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office responded to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta around 4 p.m. on Feb. 15 to find Fabian Ortiz, age 20 of Visalia, with a 12 centimeter cut on his upper chest just below the throat, said Jayme Lynch, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

Ortiz reported that he and two witness were walking  in the cemetery when they were approached by an unidentified suspect attempting to steal a purse from one of the female witnesses, Lynch said. Ortiz tried to stop the suspect and was cut just below the throat with what was described as a folding knife.

The suspect did not get the purse and fled the area, said Lynch.

Ortiz received stitches at the emergency room, said Lynch, but when deputies tried to obtain more information from him, Ortiz became confrontational and combative and he was arrested.

If you have information about this case, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 842-8300.