Officials: man fights off drugged, knife-wielding attacker outside San Dimas Halloween party

SAN DIMAS — A man beat up and disarmed a drugged parolee who attacked him with a large kitchen knife and a pot outside of a children’s Halloween party early Saturday, authorities said.
Martin Garcia, 34, of San Dimas was ultimately arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of methamphetamine, being under the influence of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and violating parole, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kirk Smith said.
The incident began shortly after midnight in the area of Rennell Avenue and Venton Street as a 37-year-old man was supervising children outside a Halloween party, the sergeant said.
A neighbor, later identified as Garcia, approached the victim acting strangely and was asked to leave, Smith said. After initially refusing to leave, Garcia ran off when the man began walking toward him.
“But (Garcia) comes back later with a large cooking pot and a knife,” the sergeant said. Garcia allegedly swung the large pot and serrated kitchen knife with a 9-inch blade at the victim.
The would-be stabbing victim avoided the blows and delivered some of his own, punching his attacker several times, Smith said.
Garcia fell to the ground and dropped the knife and pot before getting back up and fleeing, he added. The victim was unhurt.
Responding deputies spotted Garcia in the area an arrested him once he was identified by the victim as the attacker.
According to county booking records and sheriff’s officials, Garcia — already on parole for drug and burglary convictions — was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court.

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