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Woman Walking to Work Says Man Approached her with Knife

Woman Walking to Work Says Man Approached her with Knife Photo: MGNonline.

March 14, 2019 10:41 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A 62-year-old Rochester woman was walking to work Wednesday morning when she said a man approached her with a knife. 

It happened in the area of 6 St. SE and 10 Ave SE around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. According to Rochester Police Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis, the woman came across the man and told police he started to approach her. The man allegedly yelled at her to "leave him alone" so she went a different direction to take another route. The man apparently walked in the opposite direction of her. 

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The woman told police she looked back, and when she didn't see him, she went back to her original route, but came across the man again. The man allegedly screamed at her again and had an "aggressive posture". She said the man also had what looked like a knife. 

When officers got there, they recognized the man because they've had contacts with him in the past, according to Lt. Sadauskis. When the man wouldn't follow commands, an officer drew her gun and the man dropped the knife and got on his knees. Lt. Sadauskis said officers handcuffed him and he allegedly refused to get in the squad car, bracing his feet and kicking an officer three times in the chest. The officer did not need to go to the hospital. 

Lt. Sadauskis said officers found a 13" kitchen knife with an 8" blade in the snow nearby. 

The 40-year-old man was brought to Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus for a mental evaluation. 

He could face charges of 4th-degree assault of a peace officer, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, obstructing the legal process, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers said they found a pipe and a "torch often used for meth" on him when he was arrested. 

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