S. Jersey man arrested after bringing machete to school recital

A South Jersey man carrying a 2-foot long machete, two other knives, a stun gun, metal knuckles and pepper spray to a dance recital faces weapons charges, police said.

Jackson police say 53-year-old Lawrence Northrup of Manchester was taken into custody Saturday near Jackson Memorial High School. They went to the school after security guards said Northrup was acting suspiciously.

Authorities say Northrup never made any threats while at the school, but they have not been able determine why he was there. And they say that while he was being processed, Northrup tried to harm himself and had to be restrained.

He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, but further details were not disclosed.

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