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Glendale Police: Man took out steak knife in store

November 26, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • Carlos Portillo was arrested on suspicion of allegedly brandishing a steak knife.
Carlos Portillo was arrested on suspicion of allegedly… (Courtesy of the…)

A Glendale man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly brandished a large steak knife at a store employee after refusing to pay for merchandise.

Carlos Portillo, 24, was taken into custody about 5:10 p.m. at Salem and Concord streets on suspicion of brandishing a knife, carrying a concealed weapon and being drunk in public, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

Portillo reportedly visited the neighborhood store to purchase alcohol, but the employee refused to sell it to him because he appeared to be intoxicated.

Portillo exited the store, but later returned and removed merchandise from a shelf, she said.

The store employee asked him to pay for the merchandise, but he reportedly refused. 

That’s when Portillo allegedly pulled out the steak knife from his pocket, stared at it without saying anything, put it back in his pocket and then exited the store, according to police reports.

He was arrested shortly after the incident. Portillo remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon. 

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