Crime - Sacto 911

Report of suspicious man with hatchet in midtown causes rush of officers

The sight of a man walking through midtown Friday with a hatchet caused a rush of officers to the scene and the lockdown of a nearby middle school, police said.

Police said the man, Anthony Smith, 44, was walking near the 3000 block of K Street armed with a hatchet Friday morning. Police said Smith appeared to be delusional.

Smith allegedly ran from first-responding officers and a perimeter was set up to contain him. At 8:53 a.m. police made a call to nearby Sutter Middle School, advising the campus to go into a precautionary lockdown.

At no time was the school directly involved in the incident nor was anyone on campus in immediate danger, police said.

Two police dogs also responded and were instrumental in taking Smith into custody. After Smith was in custody, the school could not immediately be reached by telephone, prompting an officer to go to the campus to give an all clear notification.

Smith was treated at a hospital for injuries suffered while being taken into custody. He is in custody on weapon and resisting arrest charges.