Lunch cut short for deputies arresting alleged machete-armed man

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Deputies dining at a hamburger establishment in Valencia didn’t get a chance to finish their meal Tuesday when they were alerted about a man armed with a machete, seen waving it in the air near the restaurant.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were enjoying their lunch at the Hook Burger restaurant on Magic Mountain Parkway, near McBean Parkway, where they received a dispatch about a man seen waving a machete, Lt. Andy Dahring said Tuesday night.

Deputies spotted a man who had been seen near the restaurant and matched the description, he said.

A 24-year-old man, described by the arresting deputies as an unemployed transient, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, specifically, a dirk or dagger, a felony.

Deputies would not confirm how the suspect concealed the weapon.

The suspect was taken into custody with bail set at $20,000.

The Hook Burger manager said the suspect was spotted in the parking lot, which serves Target and a number of other stores.

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