An Orcutt man has been arrested in an attempted armed robbery at a Wells Fargo ATM.
The Sheriff's Office on Monday night released details of the incident that happened two weeks ago, and involved a school being placed on lockdown.
At about 2 p.m. Nov. 6, a man armed with a knife approached a customer who was using the ATM, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
Prior to the incident, deputies received reports of a suspicious man in the 5800 block of Ken Avenue.
Another report stated that a man, matching the same description, had knocked on the door of a residence on Ken Avenue while holding a knife in his hand.
St. Louis de Montfort School nearby was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
Deputies conducted a search of the area and were able to locate the suspect who was observed approaching a customer at a Wells Fargo ATM. When the customer turned to face the alleged subject, he allegedly pulled out a 12-inch-long kitchen knife, deputies said.
The customer fled on foot, leaving his card in the machine.
Deputies confronted the suspect at gunpoint and reportedly saw him throw the knife into a nearby garbage can.
The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Michael Fernandez, was taken into custody and found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
When deputies searched the garbage can, they reportedly located two knives -- a 12-inch kitchen knife with an 8-inch-long blade and an open locked butterfly knife with a 4-inch-long blade.
Fernandez, who was booked into County Jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges, is being held on $40,000 bail.