SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A man walking through a shopping mall in San Jose, with a knife and an ax, was arrested early Wednesday after a fight with police.
The incident took place in the Meridian Park Plaza mall at Branham Lane and Meridian Avenue around noon.
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Officers responded to a call from a man who behaved erratically and waved a knife and an ax. Stores in the mall were closed at the time. The video on the spot showed the officers shouting at the man as he walked in front of the shops. He was seen breaking windows in vehicles and businesses.
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Eventually, he broke into a Beast Fitness gym and barricaded himself inside. The officers negotiated with the man and asked him to throw away his weapons, but he did not comply. Instead, he threw objects at them.
Finally around noon. 5 the officers finally got him out of the gym and arrested him without further incident.
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The suspect was loaded into an ambulance for a mental health evaluation. Once treated, he will be charged with vandalism.