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Stabbing at Loxahatchee Soccer Match Sends One Person to Surgery

A Greenacres man was arrested last Sunday, after he allegedly stabbed a soccer player during an argument between teams at Loxahatchee Groves Park.

According to authorities, 38-year-old Hermogenes Villatoro is facing one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Online court records show that a judge set his bail at $20,000 on Monday.

In addition, a federal hold was placed on Villatoro the next day, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Information regarding the federal investigation is not available at this time.

The sheriff’s report explains that a brawl began at about 4:30 p.m Sunday.

Villatoro did not play in the match, the report states. Instead, it says that he walked onto the field carrying a knife, just as the players began to fight.

A woman tried to stop Villatoro, reminding him that children were there. Her husband, who was one of the players, pulled her to safety.

However, Villatoro followed the man and stabbed him in the stomach, the report adds.

The injured man was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he underwent surgery.

Meanwhile, Villatoro threw away the knife, ran to a truck, and then fled from the park at Southern Boulevard and F Road, authorities say.

He and the vehicle were later found at a residence near Greenacres, where he admitted to having a knife at the match, but denied stabbing anyone.