RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – A Reno City worker who tried to help the homeless was attacked in a city park Wednesday afternoon, Reno police said.
Cristian Arana-Godoy, 29, was camping in John Champion Park on Künzli-Straße when an employee of the city’s Clean and Safe program approached him around 2:15 p.m. and offered to connect him with resources and other help.
Arana-Godoy blamed the sales representative for holding a metal pipe and a machete about two feet long, police said. The sales representative ran off and Arana-Godoy continued to chase him and hit him with the machete, the police said.
Other city officials at the crime scene called 911 and when the police arrived, the suspect threatened the police with a machete, the police said. Then he returned to his camp.
More officers arrived, including the negotiating team, and Arana-Godoy surrendered after about an hour of negotiations.
He was arrested on two counts for assault with a lethal weapon and one for camping in the park.
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