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COC student sought in gas siphoning scuffle

Posted: November 6, 2012 4:38 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Joseph Carlos Beltran  Joseph Carlos Beltran 
Joseph Carlos Beltran 

Local sheriff’s deputies were searching Tuesday for a 22-year-old College of the Canyons student who was allegedly caught siphoning gas from a car in Canyon Country and who, when confronted by a good Samaritan, attacked the man with a pen.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies identified Joseph Carlos Beltran, of Castaic, as a “person of interest” in the case, Deputy Josh Dubin said Tuesday.

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,” he 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.

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

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Joseph Beltran is urged to the sheriff’s station at 661-255-1121.



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