Homeless man aims fake rifle at passing cars on busy Glendale street
A homeless man pointed a toy assault rifle at passing vehicles in Glendale on Tuesday, prompting a large police response that ended with the man's arrest.
Witness reports began coming in at 6:25 a.m. that the man, later identified as 57-year-old John Schwartz, was pointing an AK-47 assault rifle at passing vehicles at Los Feliz Road and Brand Boulevard, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Fearing that Schwartz would fire what they thought was a real gun, Lorenz said several motorists swerved to avoid his aim. A dozen police units arrived within two minutes and surrounded Schwartz, Lorenz said, shutting down the intersection. Schwartz immediately complied with police orders to put down the fake gun.
-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press / Times Communtiy News
Photo: Officer Leticia Chang in the background with the suspect. Credit: Glendale Police Department