CEDAR CITY — Police arrested a wheelchair-bound man they say stabbed his brother-in-law in the face with a ballpoint pen as they were going to church.

Police said it happened Sept. 7 outside the True Life Center church at 2111 N. Main. Jesus Javier Ortega, 30, had been arguing off and on throughout the day with his brother-in-law, said Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack.

"The suspect had been in prison, and the victim has been helping to raise his children. There was some dispute over the way the victim was raising his children," Womack said Tuesday.

Ortega, who is in a wheelchair, was being helped out of the car in the church parking lot when the victim was stabbed with the pen.

"He was stabbed several times in the face," Womack said.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for punctures near his left ear, lip and right cheek. He received more than a dozen stitches and was later released.

Ortega was booked into the Iron County Jail on investigation of second-degree felony aggravated assault.