Stabbing suspect gets $50,000 bond

Published: 3/30/2009 6:38 PM

Drinking and arm wrestling don't mix. Or so it would seem from the events authorities say unfolded early Saturday at an apartment in the 1100 block of East Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights police charged Alberto Malaga-Antele, 34, with aggravated battery, alleging he stabbed a 25-year-old man in the leg following what appeared to be an arm wrestling match gone wrong.

A judge set Malaga-Antele's bond at $50,000 Monday in a Rolling Meadows courtroom.

The defendant, who lives at the apartment complex where the incidents took place, was hanging out Saturday with the victim and others, drinking and arm wrestling, said Assistant State's Attorney Adam Klugman. The specifics of what happened aren't clear but apparently disappointed by the outcome, the defendant slapped an opponent after a match, Klugman said. Malaga-Antele also slapped the victim, who raised his leg to protect himself from the blow, said Klugman. Malaga-Antele then produced a folding knife and stabbed the victim three times in the leg, Klugman said.

The victim required stitches, but was not seriously injured, he said.

Malaga-Antele, who has no criminal background, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.