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Arizona teen accused of cutting arm off cactus

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Gilbert teenager was accused of using a machete-like knife to vandalize a 150-year-old saguaro cactus at a popular Scottsdale trailhead.

Staff at Pinnacle Peak Park called police Tuesday afternoon to report the Comforting Arm saguaro had been damaged.

They told Scottsdale police that a young man with a large knife or machete was seen hiking up the trail near the cactus.

A Phoenix TV station reported police later found the teenage boy hiking with two adults and a machete-like knife was found in his backpack.

The unidentified teen admitted to cutting the cactus. He was booked into the Scottsdale City Jail before being released into the custody of his father.

The boy could face a felony count of criminal damage.

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