Assault With a Deadly Weapon in Arcadia

Arcadia Police Officers were dispatched to the area of First Avenue and Huntington Drive on a disturbance/battery call.
– Courtesy photo / Eugene Zemlyanskiy (CC BY 2.0)


On Friday, April 21 at about 7:53 p.m., Arcadia Police Officers were dispatched to the area of First Ave. and Huntington Drive on a disturbance call, claiming the suspect had a deadly weapon.

Prior to officers’ arrival, the suspect entered a business in the 100 block of E. Huntington Drive and punched an employee. The suspect then entered a karate dojo in the same block and armed himself with a deadly weapon; a sheathed samurai sword. The suspect assaulted three employees with the sheathed samurai sword. He removed the sheath and swung the deadly weapon at the employees. The suspect then fled into a rear alley where the three employees and a couple of citizens held him down until officers arrived and took custody of him. The suspect was arrested and identified as Richard Sanchez, 24 years old, of Altadena.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5156, case #17-2138. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-8477, use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

April 24, 2017

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