Man arrested outside South Berkeley Taco Bell after brandishing sharp rod

The inside of an empty Taco Bell restaurant. The resisters, menu, and a few sitting options are pictured.
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Officers responded to a report early Tuesday morning that a man had brandished a sharp, bladed rod at restaurant staff, according to a Nixle alert released by Berkeley Police Department on Monday afternoon.

Authorities detained the man outside the restaurant at 1.42 a.m., according to the alert. Officers learned that restaurant staff asked the man to leave after he attempted to smoke marijuana inside the restaurant. The man then became angry, pulled out a sharp, bladed rod and challenged the staff to a fight, the alert said.

When officers searched the man, they located the methamphetamine in addition to the rod. Authorities arrested the 32-year-old man on suspicion of exhibiting a deadly weapon, possession of controlled substances and narcotics, violation of probation and an outstanding arrest warrant.

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