Arrest Made in Gas Station Clerk Stabbing After Someone Recognized Suspect Vehicle on News

Someone spotted the suspect vehicle in Covina after watching reports on the news.

After a 62-year-old gas station clerk was stabbed in an attack caught on camera, someone spotted the suspect's car on the street after watching the news, police said Tuesday.

The suspect went into the 76 Station in the 600 block of South Barranca Avenue just before 5 p.m. Monday.

The clerk was stabbed as the suspect, later identified by police as Frank Ponce-Deleon, a 54-year-old resident of La Puente, attempted to rob the store, according to Covina police.

The attack was caught on the station's surveillance camera, and was played on the evening news as police searched for the Ponce-Deleon.

Someone spotted the dark-colored SUV that was shown in the surveillance video on the streets of Covina, and followed the vehicle.

The resident also called the Covina Police Department, and officers found the SUV in the 1400 block of Bridger Street. 

Police said one of the people in the car, later identified as Ponce-Deleon, was taken into custody.

Two women were also in the SUV. Police said one of which looked like a woman described as getting out of the SUV just before the gas station attack.

Ponce-Deleon was taken into custody on unrelated charges while police received evidence linking him to the stab attack. 

He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and was being held on $100,000 bail.

Ponce-Deleon is expected in court on Thursday.

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