A San Luis Obispo homeless man with a history of destroying property allegedly pulled a knife on officers responding to a damaged planter box Wednesday night, but eventually was persuaded to drop the weapon before anyone suffered injuries.
At about 8 p.m., officers responded to the 2700 block of McMillan Avenue for a report of a man violently damaging a brick planter box. About an hour later, they found the suspect, Daniel Terry Pettigrew, 29, walking at the dead-end near the railroad tracks, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
Uniformed officers ordered Pettigrew to stop and he responded, “Back off I have a knife,” according to a department news release. Pettigrew allegedly raised the knife, and the officers drew their weapons. However, Pettigrew began to walk away, and officers followed him until he ultimately dropped the knife.
He was arrested and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. He remained in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail Thursday evening.
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Pettigrew, who has no known city of residence, was convicted of the 2011 burning of the Virgin Mary statue and damaging a historical painting at Mission San Luis Obispo church. He received 160 days in jail.