A 40-year-old man is behind bars Thursday on suspicion of stabbing a man and threatening to stab an AM/PM store clerk.

Christopher William Freitas of Palm Springs was arrested on Wednesday when the Palm Springs Police Department received a report of a stabbing at 10:51 a.m. in the 1300 block of Vista Chino.

According to officials, Freitas approached his neighbor and an altercation ensued for unknown reasons. During the fight, he allegedly stabbed the neighbor, then fled the scene on foot.

While police were at the scene of the initial report, they received a call concerning a man with a knife matching Freitas’ description at an AM/PM in the 1700 block of Vista Chino.

According to police, the suspect entered the store and began eating food. When asked to stop, he allegedly grabbed a pair of scissors and attempted to stab the store clerk. Patrons within the store allegedly restrained him and threw him out of the store, where police later found and arrested him.

Freitas was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of attempted murder and making terrorist threats. He was being held on $1 million bail. Jail records indicate he will make his initial appearance at the Larson Justice Center on Monday.

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