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Man arrested at Americana for allegedly swinging nunchakus at passersby

July 02, 2012

A 55-year-old transient was arrested Saturday after he allegedly swung nunchakus at a group of passersby at the Americana at Brand, police said.

The transient, Norman Gendron, was sitting on the curb about 10:36 p.m. at Central Avenue and Americana Way when he began shouting at a man and two women who had just walked by. He then whipped out his 14-inch nunchucks and started swinging them at the group, according to Glendale police reports.

The nunchucks narrowly missed the group, striking a bus stop pole instead. Police officers who responded to the scene reported finding the weapon in plain view in a bag belonging to Gendron.

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He later told officers that he carried the nunchakus for protection, according to police reports.

Gendron was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and for possessing nunchakus.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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