The San Luis Obispo Police department arrested a man last Wednesday for allegedly vandalizing a brick planter box.
According to SLOPD, they received a call at approximately 8 p.m. regarding the report of a subject violently causing damage to a brick planter box on the 2700 block of McMillian Street.
Officers were able to determine the suspect was Daniel Pettigrew, a known local transient.
At approximately 9 p.m. officers were in the area of McMillian Street when Pettigrew was seen walking at the dead-end near the railroad tracks. He matched the description provided by the witness.
An officer in a marked patrol car attempted to make contact with Pettigrew and ordered him to stop. When the officer encountered the suspect, he told the officer, “Back off, I have a knife.”
Pettigrew raised the knife with his hand so the officer drew his service weapon to address the threat. With the knife still in has hand, Pettigrew turned and walked away.
The officer holstered his weapon and retrieved a less-lethal option from his vehicle, continuing to follow Pettigrew and, with the assistance of another officer, followed him as he walked along the railroad tracks.
Finally, the suspect stopped and was convinced to throw the knife on the ground. Officers were able to use minimal amount of force necessary to take him into custody without further incident.
According to SLOPD, no one was injured in the confrontation. Pettigrew was transported to SLO County Jail where he was booked for felony vandalism, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $25,000.