Drunk, angry dad stabs relative over daughter’s lack of college ambition, prosecutors say 

An East Palo Alto man enraged that his daughter didn’t want to attend college allegedly stabbed a relative with a butcher knife after he was asked to calm down, prosecutors said.

Panapasa Vatu, 52, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on one count of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the bloody kitchen spat on May 17.

Vatu was furious after his daughter told her parents that she had no desire to attend college, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Vatu’s wife’s nephew, a 39-year-old man, told the suspect to calm down, Wagstaffe said. Vatu — intoxicated after a night of drinking Kava, Bud Light and brandy shots — grabbed a butcher knife, swung it around, then grabbed the victim by the neck and sliced him below the lip, Wagstaffe said.

The victim ran outside and police were called. Vatu told cops the victim cut himself, Wagstaffe said.

Vatu remains in custody on $15,000 bail.


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