Alhambra Man Arrested After Pushing, Spitting on Schoolchildren Who Threw Candy at SUV: Police

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A school in Alhambra was placed on lockdown Friday after a man scaled a wall and angrily confronted a group of students who had thrown candy at his truck, according to police.

Jonathan Torres is shown in a booking photo released by the Alhambra Police Department on Dec. 11, 2015.

Jonathan Torres is shown in a booking photo released by the Alhambra Police Department on Dec. 11, 2015.

The incident occurred at William Northrup Elementary School, a K-8 campus at 408 S. Atlantic Blvd., according to Sgt. Jerry Johnson, a spokesman for the Alhambra Police Department.

The man, who was later arrested, scaled a wall and came onto campus and accused a group of students of throwing things from a balcony onto his SUV, which was parked in a lot near the street below, Johnson said.

“He pushed the children and spit at them before he was confronted by a teacher,” Johnson said.

The teacher demanded that the man leave, and the school was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes while campus administrators waited for officers to arrive.

Police were called shortly before noon, according to a Police Department news release.

It was determined the man had fled.

A man scaled a wall at William Northrup Elementary School in Alhambra and pushed students on Dec. 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A man scaled a wall at William Northrup Elementary School in Alhambra and pushed students on Dec. 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

About three hours later, 26-year-old Jonathan Torres of Alhambra was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and trespassing. His bail was set at $20,000.

He was at the campus to pick up a pre-schooler, Johnson said. It was not clear if Torres was a parent.

Torres told detectives he thought the student were throwing rocks at his truck.

They were actually throwing candy canes.

“The children were shaken up but not injured,” Johnson said.