Family working at food cart threatened by transient with 8-inch blade


man arrested for brandishing knife downtown sdpd

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SAN DIEGO --  A homeless man was arrested after brandishing a knife and threatening a 14-year-old and his mother in downtown San Diego late Sunday morning, said San Diego Police Department Lt. Christian Sharp.

The incident happened while Letty Soto, the longtime family owner of Brooklyn Dogs, was working at the food cart near Third Avenue and B Street. She and her family noticed the suspect throwing objects at their truck before he approached the cart waving a knife, coming as close as six feet away, according to police.

Officers described the weapon as something similar to a Ka-Bar knife, but with a different blade, measuring 7 to 8 inches  long.

The homeless man was located about a block away from the scene and arrested shortly after officers arrived.

Police say the man faces multiple charges, including brandishing a weapon in a threatening manner and making a terrorist threat, which Sharp said is defined as "the threat to do great bodily harm with the present ability to do it."

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