Police: Man stabbed by beggar at College Dr. gas station

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Livingston Parish man is hospitalized with serious injuries after witnesses say he was stabbed by a man begging for money at a gas station on College Dr. in Baton Rouge.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday, March 26 at the Circle K at 2959 College Dr., according to the probable cause report submitted by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Police arrested Aron Lejane Becnel, 53, of Port Allen, and charged him with second degree battery and resisting an officer. He is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Witnesses say Becnel was begging for money when he approached the victim.

"When the victim refused to give him money, the suspect became angry, starting a verbal altercation with the victim," the police report says. "While having the verbal altercation, according to (witnesses), Aron Becnel pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the stomach."

When police arrived on the scene, Becnel was being held down by a male witness and "physical force had to be applied to gain control of Becnel," states the police report.

The victim, the father of a 2-month-old baby, was set to undergo surgery at a Baton Rouge hospital Monday morning, according to a family friend.

Records from the 19th Judicial District Court show that Becnel has two prior convictions. The latest conviction is for theft under $750. He was sentenced to one year bench probation on January 4 by Judge Bonnie Jackson.

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