West Liberty Woman Charged In Bar Bathroom Stabbing

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – A West Liberty woman arrested for assaulting a woman in a bar in March has now been accused of stabbing a man in another bar that same night.

Iowa City police officers responded to Mercy Iowa City on March 2 for a report of a man who had been stabbed at Brother’s Bar earlier in the evening. As a result of their investigation, police arrested Jose Hernandez, 24, of West Liberty in connection with the stabbing. His sister, 19-year-old Abigail Mata, was also arrested that night for assaulting a woman at Pints Bar.

Now, police say Abigail Mata was involved in the stabbing at Brother’s, as well.

According to a criminal complaint, the stabbing victim went to the bathroom at Brother’s. Mata was also in the bathroom. Police said when the victim made a comment to Mata, Hernandez — who was also in the bathroom — confronted the victim.

Police said the victim reported turning away from Hernandez and feeling a shove and noticing blood on his arm.

Days after the stabbing, Mata came into the Iowa City Police Department and admitted that she was responsible for the stabbing, police said. Recordings were obtained in which Mata admitted she stabbed the victim, police said.

Mata faces one count of willful injury causing bodily injury, a Class D felony. She was previously charged with assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor, for the assault at Pints Bar.

According to online court records, the state has dismissed the willful injury charge against Hernandez in light of Mata’s confession.

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