Man arrested after allegedly chasing someone with a knife in south Austin park

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly chasing someone with a knife at a park in south Austin, according to Austin police.

Officers responded to the call at approximately 3 p.m. The caller told them a man was chasing his friend with a knife at Garrison Park on 6001 Manchaca Road.

When police arrived at the scene they made contact with the victim. He told them he had received a call from his girlfriend that a strange man had touched her inappropriately while she was walking in the park.

The victim said when he got to the park he approached the man, 53-year-old Robert Lopez, and told him to leave. According to the victim, Lopez was responsive at first but soon returned brandishing a knife. He said Lopez ran at him and yelled, “I’m going to f*** y’all up!”

According to the victim, Lopez stood at about 6 feet 8 inches tall. He told officers he believed Lopez was going to kill him. After a chase, the victim said he was able to get away and Lopez left the scene.

The arrest affidavit stated that a few hours later officers made contact with Lopez at Garrison Park. They reported that they were able to identify him by a skull tattoo on his forearm and a Playboy Bunny tattoo on his hand.

When officers asked Lopez if he had any weapons on him, they report he removed a knife from his pants. The victim was able to positively identify Lopez as the man who chased him and Lopez was placed into custody.

Lopez faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and his bond is currently set at $30,000.

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