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Tense Moments For Escalon Police
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It wasn't real ... but police responding to a report of a man brandishing a weapon at another man had to take down the suspect at gunpoint in the area of Third and Main streets on Friday morning.

Police received a call about 10:40 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 that a man in a vehicle had brandished a firearm at two people in another vehicle in the area of Arthur Road and Escalon Avenue. Fearing for their safety, the two drove to the police department but the suspect followed them there. As the two victims got out and were escorted into the police department reporting the armed suspect following them, the suspect left in his vehicle, going west on Third Street toward Main.

Officers in the area made a felony traffic stop and got the man out of the car, ordering him down at gunpoint. Traffic was closed off in the area while the investigation was conducted. A search of the man's vehicle turned up two replica firearms.

The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old Escalon man, was detained and the victims were able to identify him as the man who brandished the weapon at them. The man was subsequently arrested and taken to San Joaquin County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of brandishing an imitation firearm.

He was later released, pending a promise to reappear on March 6.

Officers said while the guns were not real, they were realistic replicas.

There were no injuries in the incident, though multiple offices were called to the scene and were part of the investigation.