Police officials I'm Newark are reporting the arrest of Mr. Marcelino Canterero, 46, of Newark, for threatening bystanders at Weequahic Park Wednesday night.
Police said at approximately 9:45 p.m., Newark police patrolling Elizabeth Avenue were alerted to an incident at an event inside Weequahic Park.
According to police, multiple individuals reported that a man with a knife was in the crowd of families attending a community Movie Night.
A woman directed police to the suspect, who was in an area where several adults and children were running away from him. Officers observed Canterero, holding the knife and pry bar and immediately ordered bystanders to evacuate the park.
The officers also drew their service weapons due to the threat of injury he posed to the families inside the park.
The officers used an orange construction barrel as a personal protection shield and as a means of causing the suspect to drop his weapons.
Police said he continued to hold the knife and pry bar, officers deployed OC spray and finally gained his compliance.
Police arrested without further incident them charged him with unlawful possession of weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
These charges are merely accusations.
The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.