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Stabbing suspect stabs himself before police tase him to make an arrest

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Handcuffed to a hospital bed, 28-year-old Arturo Acosta on Thursday pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of assault and attempted murder after going on a stabbing spree in downtown Fresno earlier this week.

Acosta is accused of stabbing six people, all of whom are believed to be homeless, on Monday afternoon. They are expected to recover from their injuries.

Police found Acosta, an alleged Bulldog gang member, walking towards the intersection of Fresno and E Streets with a long knife in his hand. A good Samaritan tried to disarm Acosta before police arrived but was unsuccessful.

An officer’s body cam video shows a shirtless Acosta, knife in hand, as he approaches several officers in middle of Fresno Street. Acosta starts stabbing himself in the torso before officers use less-than-lethal methods to get him to the ground and handcuff him.

Prosecutor Andrew Janz said Acosta was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana. Acosta remains hospitalized at Community Regional Medical Center where he was arraigned by Judge James Kelley. Acosta is under the watch of two Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies. Janz said Acosta has already attacked a hospital employee.

Kelley ordered Acosta held without bail at the request of Janz.

“He is a danger to the community,” Janz said. “He tried to kill six people in downtown Fresno with a knife and he tried to hurt himself.”

Acosta is charged with six counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces felony counts of resisting a police officer and assault likely to produce great bodily harm.

He has a felony conviction for robbery in 2015 and was in the Fresno County Jail as recently as Oct. 10.

If found guilty on all charges, Acosta faces 130 years in prison.

Janz thanked the officers involved in Acosta’s arrest for deescalating the situation and using less-than-lethal methods to stop him: “In light of everything that is going on and officers being under fire for excessive force, I’d like to recognize the officers involved for showing restraint and following protocol.”
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69X - 123 days ago  - (Points 476)
What a fucking retard, I wish he got shot. At least he mostly stabbed homeless people. Also, whats with this "less than lethal" shit? Is "non-lethal" no longer PC?
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apachesmile - 125 days ago  - (Points 14617)
Manos arribas, or else.
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doinkdaclown - 125 days ago  - (Points 3257)
Stabs himself???? I've been more injured getting a flu shot.
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Ozymandius - 125 days ago  - (Points 3839)
Five bucks says he's an illegal that shouldn't be here in the first place... No mention of his citizenship, Butter?
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dandybear - 125 days ago  - (Points 285)
Worst case of attempted suicide I ever saw...
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rcpilotjae - 125 days ago  - (Points 8595)
He either didn't stab himself hard enough or was using a rubber knife.....
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mmk2569 - 125 days ago  - (Points 3942)
Call this guy....

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Fry_Swatter - 125 days ago  - (Points 38345)
....There's way too much effort in sparing the criminally insane.... It's such an insulting farce when police pretend like they give a shit about the public when all they're doing is following protocol to not get fired.... Now he's a tax payer burden handcuffed to a hospital bed..... yay.....
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thebestman31 - 125 days ago  - (Points 4301) Fry_Swatter
.......In the old times this would happen

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Onlyonecanopy - 125 days ago  - (Points 7401) thebestman31
Wiggle it around , just to be sure
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Onlyonecanopy - 125 days ago  - (Points 7401) thebestman31
Wiggle it around , just to be sure
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doinkdaclown - 125 days ago  - (Points 3257) thebestman31
AKA Ice pick lobotomy.
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Jmiller - 125 days ago  - (Points 12837) Fry_Swatter
The more we get over populated, subhumans breeding like bunnies, and the justice system will adapt to the change in the future, but right now using way to many resources, if he would have had a gun he would have been killed and end of story.
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BlackHole - 125 days ago  - (Points 4505)
Shit happens when you're a crackhead

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