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Soldier Attacked at Home in Arizona
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February 14, 2007, 09:13 PM
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Jason Odon Jason Okon is a three-year Army veteran who served in Iraq and received a Bronze Star for valor. Now he is lying in intensive care in an Arizona hospital after being stabbed in his own yard by an illegal alien.

Okon and his pregnant wife Elizabeth and their two children were getting ready to move to Wisconsin because Jason had been unable to find a job in Arizona. He was cleaning up the yard one day prior to moving.

Elizabeth Okon said a man, later identified as 34-year-old Armando Martinez-Lozano, approached Okon with a knife and said something to him in Spanish. She said her husband told Martinez-Lozano to leave, and the other man stabbed Okon in the stomach and ran away. [...]

Police said Martinez-Lozano is an illegal immigrant and the Immigration and Naturalization Service has placed a hold on him.

Okon`s family and friends said they think the stabbing was a hate crime because Okon is a decorated soldier. His wife said he often wore his camouflage around town and in their yard.

"This is domestic terrorism in its rawest form," family friend Albert Fernandez said. [Soldier Stabbed After Return From Iraq, KPHO News 2/13/07]