A 55-year-old Glendale transient faces possible assault charges after he was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening to stab a local florist with a pair of scissors, police said.
The man — who gave his name to police as Farrel Bear — apparently goes by multiple aliases and was taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to stab the owner of Buzzy Bee Flowers in the 100 block of West California Avenue, according to Glendale police.
[Updated 5 p.m.: A police spokesman said Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file charges against Bear.]
The owner reportedly posted a sign at about 2:16 p.m. advertising his shop in a nearby parking lot and later noticed it was missing, police said. At the same time, the owner spotted Bear, who he claimed had destroyed an earlier sign.
He approached Bear about the latest missing sign and asked him where it was, police said. That’s when Bear told the owner to leave him alone, pulled out a pair of scissors, pointed it to the owner’s chest, and threatened to stab him, police said.
Soon after, Bear walked away and entered Porto’s Bakery on Brand Boulevard. Fearing Bear would hurt him, the florist called police.
Officers later found the same pair of scissors in Bear’s push cart and arrested him, police said.
Bear has been previously convicted of violating a restraining order, trespassing and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court documents.