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Felony arrest warrant issued in attack

Man sought after allegedly trying to stab good Samaritan with pen

Posted: November 7, 2012 12:31 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 12:31 p.m.
Joseph Carlos Beltran Joseph Carlos Beltran
Joseph Carlos Beltran

Local sheriff’s deputies searching for a 22-year-old man in connection with an assault that followed a gas-siphoning incident have obtained a $90,000 felony arrest warrant for him, a deputy said Wednesday.

Joseph Carlos Beltran, of Castaic, went from being a “person of interest” to being a suspect Wednesday when deputies obtained the arrest warrant, Deputy Josh Dubin said.

Beltran allegedly tried to steal gas on Sept. 5 by siphoning it from a vehicle in the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road near Sierra Highway, Dubin said.

“When this good Samaritan confronted him and asked if it was his car, the man told him there was nothing to worry about,” Dubin said Tuesday.

When the questioner persisted, the suspect picked up a writing pen and tried to stab him, the deputy said.

“The good Samaritan suffered some redness in the face and a black dot on his neck from the (pen) hitting him,” Dubin said. “Luckily, the victim could defend himself.”

Beltran had allegedly removed about 10 gallons of gasoline from the car before he was approached, Dubin said.

Beltran frequents the Canyon Country area and may be driving a white 1987 Mercedes Benz.

He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5, between 140 and 160 pounds, with black hair, and is said to be a College of the Canyons student.

“If you see him, do not approach him or attempt to apprehend him,” Dubin said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Beltran is urged to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.




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