Man arrested after argument in liquor store leads to stabbing

Police arrested a Long Beach man Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a man in a liquor store in September, officials said.

Police arrested Phillip Isaac, 30, on suspicion of attempted murder and parole violation. He is being held on a $1,090,000 bail

On September 16, just before 3 p.m., officers found a man with stab wounds near the North Long Beach substation. There, they helped the man until paramedics arrived to take the victim to a local hospital in critical condition, according to police spokesman Brandon Fahey.

The victim told the officers he had been stabbed by a man after an argument with a group of people inside a liquor store on Atlantic Avenue and 53rd Street, about a mile from the substation, Fahey said. Police don’t believe the two parties knew each other.

Before police arrived, the suspects had already fled. Police are still looking for two other suspects believed to be involved.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call detectives at 562-570-7250. Anonymous tips may be submitted through by calling 1-800-222-8477 or visiting

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.