DENVER (KDVR) – A man was taken into custody after he locked himself inside a vehicle and tried to stab officers near Washington Park on Saturday.
An adult male was observed screaming inside his vehicle at East Virginia Avenue and South Franklin Street around 2 p.m. When officers arrived and tried to make contact with the man, he attempted to stab them with a knife, failed and locked himself inside the vehicle.
Metro SWAT officers arrived to assist with the apprehension. Pepperball rounds were introduced inside the vehicle and the man was taken into custody without incident, police said. No officers were injured.
“They kind of smoked him out of the car, he was super irate, he was screaming some crazy things, they put him on a gurney, they pulled a mask over his face, and tucked him into the ambulance, while he was screaming, saying some really nasty things to people,” Chris Kerner, who witnessed the incident told FOX31.
The man was transported to a local hospital as a precaution and is being held on an investigation of felony menacing along with a couple of outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Neighbors said it was unusual to see so much police activity in the area.
“This is such a fun, safe area, lots of kids, dog walkers,” Zack Price said. “We’re not used to seeing something like this, so I’m very concerned.”
Price said it was disturbing to hear the suspect had reportedly tried to assault officers.
“That’s the last thing I want to see,” he said. “These people are here to help.”