Police arrest suspect in Circle K stabbing

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by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 6:45 PM

PHOENIX -- Authorities have arrested one of the men suspected of stabbing a man 10 times at a South Phoenix Circle K on Tuesday morning. 

Jose Montelongo, 21, has been arrested by Phoenix Police. Montelongo has also been linked to a robbery that took place on Monday at the Tiger Gas Station at 1900 S. 7th Street.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections website, Montelongo was released from prison back in March after serving more than two years for drug paraphernalia and robbery charges.

Police said that Montelongo and another suspect approached a man on Tuesday while he was at a Circle K gas pump and demanded his wallet. The victim reportedly got into a struggle with Montelongo and the other man and was stabbed 10 times.

Investigators said they believe the two men were after the victim’s truck. They also said that Montelongo and the other suspect may have been high on drugs at the time.

"We are grateful to the detectives in this case that worked it through the night, and the officers that have been sitting on locations, and we're very pleased that this individual is off the street and in custody," said Sgt. Trent Crump.

Police are still searching for the other suspect in Tuesday’s stabbing. He is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a red shirt and white shorts.

Anyone with any information is being asked to call the Phoenix Police Department’s Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
 

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