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Man Aims Toy Rifle at Traffic

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Sometimes toys are no laughing matter.A homeless man was arrested yesterday after pointing a fake AK-47 at passing cars on the corner of Los Feliz Road and brand Blvd., reports the LA Times:

Fearing that Schwartz would fire what they thought was a real gun, [Glendale Police Sgt. Tom] Lorenz said several motorists swerved to avoid his aim.

Reports of the man and what witnesses believed was a real weapon began coming in at 6:25 a.m., and within two minutes, according to the Times, a dozen police cruisers had surrounded 57-year-old John Schwartz, who immediately relinquished the toy.

Given the circumstances, and had Schwartz not complied with officers, he could have been seriously hurt or even killed:

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“He was lucky he did not get shot,” Lorenz said.