Tustin Police Respond to Report of Man Chasing People With Machete; Suspect Arrested After Standoff

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A 44-year-old suspect was arrested in Tustin on Wednesday afternoon after officers responded to a report of a man chasing people with a machete, according to police.

Edward Petress, 44, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Tustin Police Department)

Edward Petress, 44, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Tustin Police Department)

Edward Petress was booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats, the Tustin Police Department said in a statement.

When officers arrived at the 1700 block of Saybrook Lane about 2:20 p.m., Petress entered his home and refused to come out, the news release said.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution, according to the Police Department.

Petress exited the residence about 5 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident, the statement said. No one was injured in the incident.

It was unclear if a weapon was recovered.

Petress was being held on $50,000 bail, online records showed. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.