Lakeside Elementary School in Los Gatos closed Monday during a standoff with a man armed with a 14-inch knife and a gas tank near the campus, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department and the superintendent of the school district.
Lt. Rick Sung said the 30-year-old suspect was taken into custody at 9 a.m. with rubber bullets, and he was arrested on suspicion of arson and assault with a deadly weapon. No one was hurt, he said. "That's the happy ending," he said.
Deputies responded around 6:50 a.m. to the area of Black Road after a man crashed a vehicle into his uncle's property, after being armed with a knife and gas can. He threatened deputies while telling them to shoot him, Sgt. James Jensen said. He also tried to light propane tanks on fire, officials said. Deputies were able to evacuate about eight people living at the property.
The suspect may be suffering mental health problems, he said.
Lakeside Joint Union School District Interim Supt. Lisa Gonzales said since school officials didn't know how long the police will take, leaders decided to close school for the day.
The Los Gatos Union School District said Lexington School will remain open.