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ESSEX COUNTY, Va. -- Neighbors in a quiet Essex County community said they witnessed a man's bizarre behavior just before a boy was stabbed Wednesday. The man, they said, was riding a bike down the street without his pants on.

That man, who police identified as 34-year-old Duron Penn, is a wanted sex offender out of northern Virginia. Penn was arrested for stabbing a young boy in the shoulder and neck.

Duron Penn

The boy, who Crime Insider sources said was 12 years old, was taken first to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital and then to VCU Medical Center where he is recovering from the stabbing. He was listed in critical, but stable condition.

The boy’s blood soaked clothes were visible Wednesday in the driveway at a home off Brian Place in Essex County.

"They had a man face down and they were handcuffing him," neighbor Whitney Orlando said.

Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that Penn at first tried to slash a pregnant woman, then fled the area on bike. Neighbors said they spotted Penn, riding that bike, half naked.

"My husband says, ‘here he comes and he doesn't even have pants on,’” said Debbie Sliger. “He was wearing a bright red shirt.”

Neighbors said the man then smacked a passerby's car with his hands, shouted that he had a gun, then pedaled off.

Minutes later came a call for a stabbing and deputies raced to the scene.

Crime insider sources said the 12-year-old stabbing victim lived at the Essex County home and Penn was there visiting. The sixth grader was airlifted to VCU.

Penn, a sex offender on the run, has now been captured, leaving investigators trying to string together a bizarre chain of events.

"This is a small town where everyone knows everybody,” said Orlando. “We feel safe here and we never see stuff like this happen.”

Penn is locked up at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center. He has charged with malicious wounding.