CENTRAL GLENDALE — Police on Tuesday arrested a homeless man who pointed a toy assault rifle at passing vehicles near Glendale Memorial Hospital, officials said.
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.
“He was lucky he did not get shot,” Lorenz said.
Schwartz was arrested at 6:30 a.m. on suspicion of drawing or exhibiting an imitation weapon in a threatening manner.
He was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, Lorenz said.