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Man Wielding Knife Allegedy Accosts Two Pedestrians

Police detained Temple City resident Louie Stahl in the Pavilions parking lot.

A man allegedly threatened two pedestrians with a 5-inch knife Monday night in separate unprovoked altercations.

Police arrested Louie Stahl, 46, on suspicion of brandishing a knife. The Temple City resident was later cited and released. Arcadia police Lt. Bob Anderson said no one was injured in the incident. 

The two victims reportedly crossed paths with Stahl while walking in the 700 block of Naomi Avenue around 11:30 p.m. He wielded a knife at them and used profanity, Anderson said.

A witness reported seening Stahl flee west on Duarte Road. Police eventually detained him in the parking lot of the Pavilions at 745 West Naomi Avenue, Anderson said.

Craig Bushey October 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
How can a guy be "cited and released," after assaulting someone w/a knife?
Sandra October 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
To be fair, it doesn't say "assaulted", but "threatened", "brandishing a weapon" and "wielding a knife at them". Still... holy crap! I don't get it either!
Natalie Ragus (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
That would scare the bejeezus out of me. And what if one of the pedestrians had a heart condition? I'm not a doctor, but I don't think it would be unheard of if something like that set off a heart attack in someone with heart disease or something.
R Terry October 03, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Unprovoked it said. That means this guy is off mentally. But he is OK to walk the streets. Does anyone believe there will not be another victim? Oh, but no one was hurt...that means we put him away after he finally stabs someone or whatever he decides on for his next victim. Did you know that since O.J., if you threaten someone verbally, that is a "terrorist threat" and you can be charged and put in jail. I talked to a guy who spent months in jail for threating, over the phone, his estranged wife. So how do you threaten someone in person with a weapon and legally walk away from it? Crazy system...or is it police that don't want paperwork?
Natalie Ragus (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The fact that it was unprovoked is definitely concerning. It highlights the fact that we need to have better mental health care in the U.S. Ignoring the problem can only lead to tragedy.
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