WALNUT CREEK -- Police are warning the public about a man convicted of attempted murder who was deported to Mexico but returned to the Bay Area recently and threatened a person with a knife.

Rogelio Argueta, 40, was convicted of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after his arrest in 2011 for a brawl at a Walnut Creek carwash, police said. Two men were stabbed in the torso but survived, and another man was cut in the arm. Argueta was arrested along with his brother, Jorge, 50; police said both men confessed to the stabbing.

Rogelio Argueta served a year in state prison before being deported to Mexico in early February, police said. Three weeks later, he returned to Walnut Creek and allegedly brandished a knife and made threats to harm a victim, police said.

Police did not say what, if any, relationship the victim had to Rogelio Argueta.

It was not immediately clear if Jorge Argueta was still in custody, had returned to Mexico or was believed to be with his brother. Police did not specifically announce that they were seeking Jorge Argueta.

Police say they have a warrant for Rogelio Argueta's arrest on suspicion of brandishing a weapon and making criminal threats. Family and friends in the Walnut Creek and Concord areas may be helping to hide him, police said.

Rogelio Argueta is 5'6", 198 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Argueta's whereabouts is asked to call Walnut Creek police at 925-943-5865.


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Bay City News Service contributed to this report. Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.