BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A charge of attempted second-degree murder was added to existing charges Wednesday for a beggar accused of stabbing a customer at a Baton Rouge gas station.
The victim, a Livingston Parish man, remains hospitalized with serious injuries after witnesses say he was stabbed by a man begging for money at a Circle K gas station on College Drive early Sunday morning.
Police arrested Aron Lejane Becnel, 53, of Port Allen, and initially charged him with second degree battery and resisting an officer. He is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Prison records Wednesday afternoon showed those two charges still remain along with the addition of the second-degree murder charge.
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 has undergone two surgeries, 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.