PALMDALE – A 22-year-old college student accused of stealing gas in Santa Clarita and then stabbing in the neck the person who interrupted him was captured in Palmdale this week, authorities said.
Joseph Carlos Beltran was arrested by Palmdale Sheriff’s Station patrol deputies around 9:29 p.m., Tuesday (Nov. 13), after deputies discovered he had an outstanding felony arrest warrant, according to deputy Joshua Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Santa Clarita Sheriff’s deputies had obtained a $90,000 arrest warrant for Beltran and released his photo and physical description to the media last week.
According to the bulletin, on September 5, 2012, Beltran was spotted siphoning gas from a vehicle in the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road, near Sierra Highway.
When a man questioned Beltran about what he was doing, Beltran allegedly stabbed the man in the neck with a writing pen and then fled the scene, officials said.
The victim was not seriously injured, according to published reports.
Beltran was described as a student at College of the Canyons who lived in the Castaic area and possibly drove a 1987 white Mercedes Benz.
Beltran remains jailed without bail, and was due to appear in court today to answer charges.