Edward Petress. Photo courtesy of the Tustin Police Department
Edward Petress. Photo courtesy of the Tustin Police Department

A 44-year-old man suspected of arming himself with a machete and chasing people in his Tustin neighborhood was arrested after he holed up inside his home for more than 2 1/2 hours, police said.

Officers were called about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 1700 block of Saybrook Lane and when they arrived, the suspect, later identified as Edward Petress, entered his home and refused to exit, Tustin police Sgt. Andrew Birozy said.

“Nobody was injured as a result of the attack and due to the severity of the crime, the Tustin/Irvine SWAT team responded to the scene in an attempt to get the suspect to safely surrender,” Birozy said.

Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution and about 5 p.m. Petress exited his home and was taken into custody without further incident, Birozy said.

Petress was booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats, Birozy said.

— City News Service

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