A man was arrested after allegedly threatening a relative with a pickaxe in Novato on Sunday, police said. Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in the 700 block of Lamont Avenue at about 1 p.m. They were told that the suspect, 33-year-old Novato resident Angelo Patillo, was punching holes in the walls and breaking things, police said.
When the officers arrived, they found Patillo holding the pickaxe as if he were ready to strike the victim, a female relative of his, while standing about 5 feet away from her, police said. Patillo had said during the incident that he was going to kill the victim, according to police. Officers ordered Patillo at gunpoint to put down the pickaxe. When he dropped it, he was safely detained, police said. Patillo was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, making criminal threats and vandalism. He is being held on $500,000 bail, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
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