A 23-year-old Healdsburg man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of threatening a motorist with a knife and racist slurs, police said.
The confrontation took place shortly before 1 a.m. After a driver asked Gustavo Miguel Martin Del Campo to get out of the road, Healdsburg Police Sgt. Luis Rodriguez said.
The driver told officers Del Campo had been standing in the middle of Mitchel Lane, which bridges Healdsburg Avenue and Center Street downtown, Rodriguez said. Del Campo did not get out of the way and instead walked up to the open driver's window, pulled out a knife and threatened the man, who is African-American, with racial epithets, Rodriguez said.
Del Campo left after the man pulled out a cellphone and said he was calling 911, he said.
Officers found Del Campo around the corner in a parking lot near the Raven Theater. They also found a folding knife hidden nearby that officers suspect was used to confront the driver, Rodriguez said.
Del Campo was being held on $45,000 bail at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, committing a felony hate crime and violating probation, Rodriguez said.