SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A convicted felon was under arrest Saturday after allegedly threatening bystanders with samurai swords at a busy shopping center, according to Santa Ana police.
Hung Anh Nguyen, 29, was taken into custody about 11:15 p.m. Friday on suspicion of possession of illegal swords and assault with a deadly weapon.
He also had an outstanding warrant on a narcotics case, police said.
Officers responded to a call that a man was wielding swords in the parking lot of Arsenio’s Mexican Food restaurant at 751 S. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana.
Nguyen was holding two swords, 27 and 19 inches long, Clp. Anthony Bertagna said.
Officers ordered Nguyen to drop the weapons, but he refused, Bertagna added.
Nguyen was tasered by officers and taken to a hospital, where he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
He was later released and booked into Orange County Jail.
Nguyen might have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, investigators said.