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Illegal immigrant stabs man who asked him to stop urinating at a bus stop, police say

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An illegal immigrant reportedly slashed and stabbed a Maryland man with a box cutter repeatedly after the man asked him to stop urinating at a bus stop.

WJLA-TV reported Tuesday that Salvador Gomez-Lopez, the man accused of slashing the D.C. metro-area man, is from El Salvador and in the United States illegally.

What happened?

The alleged incident occurred late in November when Gomez-Lopez, 46, reportedly began urinating in public while standing at a bus stop.

The victim said he asked Gomez-Lopez to use a public restroom instead of urinating publicly. Instead of acquiescing, Gomez-Lopez reportedly pulled out a box cutter from his backpack and began slashing and stabbing the victim.

The two men ended up on the ground, where the victim was reportedly able to wrestle away the alleged attacker's weapon.

According to WJLA, police were dispatched to the bus stop, where they found the bloodied victim with serious slash and stab wounds to his stomach, face, and neck.

The victim survived his wounds, according to the station, but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

Law enforcement arrested Gomez-Lopez at the scene of the crime.

What happened after he was taken into custody?

Gomez-Lopez was reportedly "drunk and belligerent," as well as uncooperative, and allegedly attempted to provide law enforcement with a false name during questioning over the incident, according to WJLA.

The station reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified the man as Gomez-Lopez, and noted that he is in the U.S. illegally. Fox News on Tuesday reported that an ICE spokesperson added that Gomez-Lopez is a "fugitive."

The station noted that court notes show Gomez-Lopez was working part-time for a relative doing odd jobs and is the father of two children. It is unclear if Gomez-Lopez's children are living in the U.S.

Gomez-Lopez remains in custody in Montgomery County, Maryland, and ICE has lodged an immigration detainer against him. Fox News reported that Gomez-Lopez is being held on a $5,000 bond.

He is scheduled for trial in April and faces up to 38 years imprisonment on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure.

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