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Argument over a spilled water bottle ends with one man going to jail in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — A man upset with a co-worker after his water bottle was spilled ended up going to jail after he allegedly held a knife to the victim’s neck, officials said.

The incident happened on July 4, 2019, at a business called Armando Custom Cases in the 17500 block of Mesa Street.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Edgar Moran said deputies were dispatched to the location regarding two employees having an altercation.

Moran said the argument between the men escalated and the suspect, Juan Carlos Penalver removed a folding knife and opened it.

“Penalver then held the knife in his right hand and grabbed the back of the victim’s neck with his right hand. Penalver then pressed the blade of the knife against the left side of the victim’s neck causing a 3-inch laceration,” stated Moran.

Moran said one employee (the victim) suffered a small laceration to the neck. Penalver left the scene before deputies arrived.

Deputy Stanley with the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene and learned the suspect Juan Penalver, 60, and the victim got into an argument due to the victim knocking over Penalver’s water bottle.

Through investigation, Penalver was located in the 9900 block of Seventh Street and detained. He was arrested and booked into High Desert Detention Center for PC245(a)(1).

According to public arrest records, Penalver remains jailed and his bail is set at $50,000. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 15, 2019.

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