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Del Taco worker stabs customer in order dispute, authorities say

June 23, 2012 |  8:24 am

Riverside County sheriff's officials say fast-food employee Gabriel Villalba, 28, stabbed a customer Thursday inside a Hemet Del Taco restaurant during a fight over the customer's order.

A dispute over an order at a Hemet Del Taco ended when an employee allegedly stabbed a customer with a knife. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Officials said the dispute occurred when a male customer and the employee disagreed over whether the customer's order had been filled correctly.

The argument erupted at 1:50 a.m. Thursday at the restaurant on East Florida Avenue, officials said. The eatery was identified as a Del Taco by the Associated Press.

The customer, who was not identified, was stabbed in the abdomen and transported by friends to a local hospital. Officials described his wounds as serious but said he was expected to survive.

The suspect, 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was transported to the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

-- Louis Sahagun


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Photo: Gabriel Villalba. Credit: KTLA News