Police arrest 1 at area eatery

Police arrested a man carrying a knife in the McDonald’s restaurant on Third Street in Columbus after patrons said he was behaving erratically.

Officers found Lucino Evangelio-Cayetano, 36, in a utility closet, holding a knife and a bottle of cleaning solution about 5:18 a.m. Saturday, Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.

He said officers evacuated the restaurant for safety reasons.

During a short standoff, Evangelio-Cayetano waved the knife at officers and sprayed the cleaning solution at them, state police said.

State police, Columbus police officers and Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputies gave Evangelio-Cayetano numerous commands to drop the knife, but he didn’t comply, Wheeles said.

He was taken into custody after officers used a Taser to subdue him, Wheeles said.

Evangelio-Cayetano was taken to the Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment and then transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of criminal recklessness with a weapon, criminal trespass, resisting law enforcement and intimidation, Wheeles said.

Police said they believed Evangelio-Cayetano lives in Columbus, but he does not have an address listed with jail officials.

He was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $22,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.