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Glendale man arrested after allegedly chasing stranger with foot-long hunting knife

September 19, 2012

A 28-year-old Glendale man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly chased a stranger down the street while wielding a nearly foot-long hunting knife, police said.

Marco Foschetti was taken into custody at nearly 3 p.m. at Allen Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard after the man he allegedly chased identified him as his attacker, according to Glendale police reports. Police said he was sweaty, had grass clippings on his clothing and his elbows were bleeding.

The alleged victim had just left his home on Irving Avenue and had walked out onto the sidewalk where Foschetti was also walking, according to police.

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Foschetti allegedly began shouting profanities at the man for unknown reasons. The man told police he didn’t know Foschetti, so he began walking south on the east sidewalk.

But Foschetti continued to walk toward the man, making him feel uncomfortable, police said.

The man quickly crossed the street, when Foschetti suddenly appeared behind him and was holding a knife, police said.

Foschetti then allegedly began chasing the man and around a vehicle parked near Smart & Final and Paradise Bakery.

He was jabbing the knife within four-inches of the man, who later told police he thought he was going to die.

During the alleged attack, Foschetti suddenly stopped giving chase, allowing the man to take cover behind a wall and notify police.

The man told police that he saw Foschetti approach other people, yell profanities and threaten them with the knife, according to reports. Other witnesses reported seeing Foschetti use the knife to carve into a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.

Officers eventually stopped Foschetti and arrested him. A K-9 unit found the knife lying under overgrown cypress trees in the 1100 block of Allen Avenue.

Foschetti remained in police custody Tuesday in lieu of $500,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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