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Fast-food employee allegedly stabs customer in dispute over order

An employee at a fast-food stand in Hemet was arrested for allegedly stabbing a customer with a knife after a dispute over an order, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

The argument over the male customer’s order 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, stabbed in the abdomen, was transported by friends to a local hospital. Officials described his wounds as serious but said he is 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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