ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – A Roseville area homeless man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he reportedly entered a middle school and threatened the principal.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies responded to Creekview Ranch Middle School in the unincorporated area of west Roseville at 3:41 p.m. after school officials called 911.

School officials reported the man had walked on campus and when confronted by the principal, he pointed an object that he held like a handgun and said he was going to kill the principal. The principal directed the staff to place the school on lockdown. School was out but there were still children on campus participating in after-school activities.

The suspect, Reiner Gae Poppenda, 61, was found in a nearby creek bed and fought with deputies when they attempted to take him into custody, the sheriff’s office said.

He was taken to the Placer County Jail in Auburn and booked on charges of making criminal threats and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $25,000.


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