When police tried to stop two men walking near a San Leandro middle school Wednesday morning, one of them ran and eventually confronted the officer with a leather awl, police said.
Both men were eventually arrested safely.
John Muir Middle School in the 1400 block of Williams Street was just getting started at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when two plainclothes detectives on their way to a different call saw two men acting suspiciously, police said.
The men were walking near the school, looking at the teenage students headed to campus and looking at parked cars in the area, police said.
The detectives — wearing black polo shirts with police logos, tan pants and their badges clipped to their belts — got out of their unmarked car and ordered the two men to stop, police said.
One of the men, identified as 31-year-old Carlos Onate, was wearing a heavy jacket and started reaching into his inside pockets while backing away. The other stopped and was identified as 37-year-old Sunil Kamelshan, police said.
Onate allegedly turned and ran and one detective followed him and called for backup. The other stayed with Kamelshan, police said.
The detective chased Onate for about five blocks, where Onate allegedly stopped and turned towards the detective holding a leather awl — a 4-inch steel shank resembling an ice pick — in a fighting stance.
The detective was less than 20 feet away and drew his gun. Onate then threw the awl away over a nearby fence and surrendered, police said.
Both Onate and Kamelshan had warrants for their arrest for auto theft and were taken into custody. Onate was also booked on suspicion of brandishing a weapon at police.
The pair is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Friday afternoon.
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