A Texas man wearing armor and a cape was arrested after he ignored cops’ orders to drop his samurai sword.
Officers arrived at a north Plano neighborhood Thursday morning after receiving reports of an armed man. According to The Dallas Morning News, the man, later identified as Charles Vincent Chiquillo, 25, was seen on a street corner swinging the weapon.
“He just started swinging his sword and they kept telling him, ‘Get back, get back. If you get closer, we’re going to have to shoot you,’” witness Johnny Sanchez told KXAS.
Authorities believed Chiquillo was mentally ill or under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest.
“We were trying to communicate with him and are having difficulty,” Plano police spokesman David Tilley said.
Tilley said the 25-year-old’s possible mental health issues influenced police’s decision to use non-lethal force. An officer who responded shortly after police used a Sage gun, which has rubber bullets that do not cause serious injury, to subdue the man.
The police spokesman pointed out that the four-inch rubber projectiles are meant to stun the target so that officers can safely apprehend the suspect. He also noted that the department owns a handful of Sage guns.
“The officers were in danger, but they were able to maintain their distance as they were trained to,” Tilley added. “But as I say, had the individual become agitated and decided to charge one of our officers, this could have turned out a lot worse than what it did.”
Chiquillo, who was booked into the Collin County Jail, is accused of unlawfully carrying a weapon and assaulting a public servant.
Photo: Collin County Jail