It wasn't exactly the crime of the century (or even the crime of the month), but the assault at Comic-Con this past Saturday is notable, if only for its setting. Although the trailers and movie scenes shown at the Con are often very brutal, actual violence at the San Diego nerd gathering has been all but non-existent... until this year.
At Hall H on Saturday, near the end of the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel, an altercation broke out between, reportedly, two friends, both wearing limited edition Comic-Con 2010 Harry Potter T-shirts. The incident reportedly started when a fan suggested his friend leave his seat at the panel because he wasn't into what was being shown, and ended when one stabbed the other near his eye with a pen. After the assault, the suspect was held by attendees of the Convention until security and the police could take him away to jail, where I'm sure he had fun telling other inmates what he was in for. The stabee was taken to a local hospital; His injuries are apparently not life-threatening.