Man Aims Toy Rifle at Traffic
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:
“He was lucky he did not get shot,” Lorenz said.