Dude With Chainsaw Freaks Out Venice Boardwalk
Venice Boardwalk attracts all sorts of types: on Monday afternoon it was a man walking around with a chainsaw.
The man was arrested after police responded to 9-1-1 calls claiming there was a man yelling at passers-by and threatening them with a chainsaw. One witness Spencer Davis told CBS Los Angeles that initially the man wouldn't drop the chainsaw, and one officer drew closer and managed to kick the chainsaw out of his hands.
The aftermath of the man's arrest was caught on camera by a longtime shop owner Viviane Robertson, which you can see in this CBS clip:
But when LAPD arrived at the scene, they couldn't find anyone who was actually victimized by the man, LAPD Sgt. Sean Kinchla told LAist. None of the people at the scene had been threatened. However, police did end up arresting the man because he had prior warrants. (If you did get threatened, LAPD Pacific Division would love to hear from you.)
Witnesses told CBS that they initially thought the dude carrying around a chainsaw was joking around or something—just another character in Venice.
And of course, that explanation doesn't seem too far out. After all, Venice used to have its own chainsaw juggling comic in the 80s and 90s who would insult the good people of the Venice Boardwalk and risk his left hand for donations (eds. note: YouTube seems to be having issues this morning, but you can find the video here if the embed below doesn't work):