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May 4, 1999

Teen Seriously Stabbed At Six Flags Magic Mountain

Valencia, CA - A teen-ager was stabbed Sunday evening during a line dispute at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the "Batman The Ride" line.

The victim Thomas Bell, 18 was taken to a local Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital where he was listed in serious condition. According to the local sheriff, "He was cut from the neck to the sternum, twice in the back and on his arms. The cuts were deep enough to expose bones and muscles."

The suspects Jesse Olivas, 33 and Vesenia Segura, 23, were booked Sunday evening for attempted murder. Charges were expected to be filed on Monday. The two were each held on $500,000 bail.

According to witnesses the victim and some friends were passing through the line attempting to rejoin their friends who were farther ahead. When the victim and friends tried to pass the suspects they refused. Finally the group managed to get by and a fistfight began. During the fight Olivas armed himself stabbing Bell with a knife.

Unfortunately, this is just another in a long list of incidents that have occurred at the park. Last year a teenager was killed after being shot in the parking lot. A number of years ago a riot broke out after a concert at the park.

Readers who have recently visited the park report that gang activity seems to be rather high recently, especially on the weekends. Some report seeing graffiti painted on some of the walls and buildings within the park.

The stabbing comes despite efforts by the park to improve security. Park officials acknowledged Sunday that they have recently added metal detectors and have increased the number of security guards present.