Crime & Justice

Man who allegedly threatened runners with a fake rifle has been arrested

Runners start the Los Angeles Marathon on a stormy Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Runners start the Los Angeles Marathon on a stormy Sunday, March 20, 2011.
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

A man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a replica rifle and threatening runners preparing for the Canyon City Marathon.

Police say 51-year-old Joseph Fierro was arrested Saturday outside his Rancho Cucamonga home on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Police in Azusa say that shortly before 5 a.m., Fierro drove up to some 10 to 15 people who were getting ready for the race near Azusa Pacific University.

Authorities say he left his truck, pointed the rifle, made unspecified threats, jumped back in his truck and drove off.

The truck was tracked to Fierro's home and he was arrested nearby. Police say inside the truck they found four realistic-looking guns that fired plastic BBs.

The marathon went on as planned.