PALMDALE - A 22-year-old man suspected of using a pen in an attempt to stab someone who caught him siphoning gasoline in Santa Clarita several weeks ago was in custody today after his arrest in Palmdale.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Joseph Carlos Beltran of Castaic about 9:25 p.m. Tuesday after discovering he had an outstanding arrest warrant in connection with the Santa Clarita attack, Deputy Joshua Dubin of the sheriff's Santa Clarita Station said.
It was unclear what prompted them to detain him in the first place.
The attempted pen attack happened in the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road shortly before 6 p.m. on Sept. 5, when a man walked up to Beltran as he was siphoning gas and asked him if the car was his, Dubin said.
Beltran asked the man why he needed to know, then tried to stab him in the neck with a pen, he said.
The man was not seriously hurt, and Beltran fled the scene, Dubin said.
Beltran -- who has pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats -- is due back in San Fernando Superior Court Dec. 13.