An argument that turned violent in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and left one man hospitalized and another in police custody apparently erupted over claims of stolen military valor on the eve of Veterans Day. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A U.S. Army veteran pleaded not guilty in San Diego Wednesday to a pair of assault with a deadly weapon charges for allegedly stabbing an active-duty serviceman who, along with a friend, pointed out that the veteran’s Private First Class badge was upside down on his uniform.

Marc Dominguez, 42, who served in the Army in 2003 and 2004 as a Private First Class E-3, was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Kelly Rand told Judge Maureen Hallahan that Dominguez stabbed the active-duty serviceman and lunged at the victim’s friend with a knife about 11:30 p.m. last Thursday at a Gaslamp Quarter bar after they questioned whether the defendant was in the military because a patch on his uniform was not attached correctly.

The active-duty serviceman was stabbed in the head and bicep and sliced his fingers while trying to get the knife away from Dominguez, the prosecutor said. The other man wasn’t hurt.

Based on the prosecutor’s statements in court, the judge found that Dominguez was a danger to the community and raised his bail from $30,000 to $75,000 and ordered him to stay away from the victims.

A readiness conference was set for Nov. 28 and a preliminary hearing for Nov. 30.

–City News Service 

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