LANCASTER – A 23-year-old man believed to be high on drugs was arrested Tuesday morning after he allegedly brandished an imitation firearm while threatening soldiers at a Marine Corps recruiting office in Lancaster, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 9:36 a.m.Tuesday, June 21, on the 44500 block of Valley Central Way, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The suspect, Angel Francisco Cruz, was asked to leave the recruiting office due to his disruptive behavior. He then “threatened the soldiers inside the office while simultaneously lifting his shirt up and brandishing the buttstock of a gun,” according to the sheriff’s news release.
“The suspect fled the location after brandishing the weapon, and Lancaster Station deputies were able to detain the suspect a short distance away,” the news release states. “Deputies found an imitation firearm in the suspect’s waistband.”
Cruz was also found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to the sheriff’s department.
He was arrested and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.