Galvan, 54, faces charges of assault on a public servant

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A 54-year-old San Diego man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly threatened the mayor of San Diego with a knife.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, the incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. at the V.F.W. Hall in the 300 block of King Street in San Diego.

The incident reportedly began when a man identified as Roel Galvan, 54, got into an argument with a couple in the V.F.W. Hall during a San Diego High School class reunion. The subject allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the couple, and was then approached by San Diego Mayor Alonzo Lopez Jr., who is the manager of the V.F.W.

When asked about the incident Monday, Lopez said he asked Galvan to put the knife away and leave the premises, at which point Galvan attempted to swing the knife at Lopez. Lopez was able to avoid the knife and, with the help of other individuals, was able to subdue Galvan and talk him into leaving the building.

San Diego police officers arrived at the scene a short time later, and witnesses identified Galvan, who was driving a black Dodge pickup truck that was leaving the parking lot.

Officers stopped the vehicle and approached Galvan, who exited the vehicle and was handcuffed.

Officers retrieved the knife from the driverís side of the vehicle. Galvan was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and public intoxication, and was transported to the Duval County jail.