Covina Police Arrest Man for Gas Station Stabbing


A 62-year-old gas attendant was stabbed during an attempted robbery. (Courtesy of Covina Police Department)

Covina Police arrested a male suspect they say stabbed a 62-year-old gas station clerk during a robbery attempt Monday.  Police responded to a call at a gas station in the 600 block of S. Barranca in the City of Covina and found a gas store attendant injured with stab wounds on his left arm. Police say a male suspect entered the store, walked around the counter, approached the victim and began stabbing. The victim was able to fend him off and chase after him but investigators say the suspect drove off in a 2000 model black Chevrolet SUV with no license plates that had been parked in front of the store. The Los Angeles County Fire Department treated the victim at the scene and he was later airlifted to a trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.

After police released video surveillance from the gas station on broadcast TV a viewer recognized the suspect driving the vehicle with no license plates and contacted the Covina Police Department. The responding officers found the vehicle in the 1400 block of W. Bridger in the City of Covina and contacted the occupants.

Authorities identified the suspect as 54-year-old Frank Ponce Deleon from La Puente and took him into custody for unrelated drug charges, then later charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery.  Deleon is being held on $100,000 bail and is waiting for his arraignment at the Citrus Superior Court in West Covina on Thursday.

Anyone with information or questions regarding this crime, can contact the Covina Police Department Detectives Bureau at (626) 384-5620, the Watch Commander at (626) 384-5665, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Refer to Covina PD case #16-01032.