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Police Arrest Gas Siphoner Who Stabbed Man in the Neck With a Pen

Joseph Beltran (Photo courtesy LASD)
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Authorities now have in custody a 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing a man in the neck with a pen. The suspect, Joseph Carlos Beltran of Castaic, had been siphoning gas from a vehicle in Santa Clarita when the victim confronted him to ask if the car belonged to him.

In response, Beltran allegedly asked why the man needed to know, then stabbed the man in the neck with a pen.

The victim was not seriously injured. Beltran fled the scene, and authorities notified the public they were looking for him.

Beltran was arrested late Tuesday night in Palmdale while being detained by authorities for an unspecified reason, according to City News Service. He was arrested when sheriff's deputies learned of the outstanding arrest warrant for the September 5 Santa Clarita pen attack.

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