Suspect thought to be carrying a rifle and waving a machete at passing vehicles arrested early this morning | City of Madera Police Department

This morning at 4:30 am we received a call from Madera Private Security, who was in the area of Lake and Green Wy. They reported a subject, later identified as Mateo Garcia was hiding behind a large green utility box holding what they believed was a possible rifle and a machete. As cars passed by Mateo would jump out and begin to swing the objects. We located Mateo who was cooperative but found to be under the influence of methamphetamine. Luckily the rifle turned out to be a handle to a floor mop and the machete, was a metal stake that Mateo dropped when ordered to do so. Mateo was arrested and booked for his own safety and the safety of others. A big thanks goes out to Madera Security for being an extra set of eyes out there. It takes everyone for us to truly impact the level of crime. MT

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