Man threatens TPD officers with machete and bomb

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A man wielding a machete entered the Topeka Police department, threatened officers with it, and said he had a bomb.

According to the Topeka Police Department, Anthony Hernandez entered the front door of police side of the Law Enforcement Center with the machete around 2:00a.m. Saturday morning.

When officers confronted him, he told them he had a bomb. Police were able to get Hernandez to leave the lobby of the police department, and began negotiating with him outside for about an hour.

As police talked with him, he stood along the wall. Officers had their weapons drawn on him, but were actively talking to him for the duration of the stand-off.

When Hernandez “egressed towards officers,” according to a statement from Lt. Steve Roth, officers used a taser to subdue him and take him into custody.

Hernandez suffered very minor injuries, and officers were not hurt during the incident. Lt. Roth says no bomb was found.

He was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on charges of Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer, Criminal Threat, and other charges.