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Man arrested for threats

March 17, 2001

An El Centro man was arrested Friday on suspicion of brandishing a weapon.

Benny Joseph Betencourt, 19, was arrested by El Centro police around 11:37 a.m. in the 400 block of Imperial Avenue after allegedly threatening a person with a spring-loaded punch, according to El Centro police Sgt. Gordon Johnson.

Johnson said Betencourt was observed near private property and was told to leave by the property's owner. Betencourt reportedly returned and tried to provoke a fight with the property's owner.

The victim called the police, who responded to the area, found Betencourt and arrested him.

He remained in county jail Saturday, where his bail was set at $5,000.

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