Sacto 9-1-1
February 1, 2013
Transient arrested on suspicion of threatening Roseville area principal

Reiner Gae Poppenga.JPGA man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening a Placer County middle school principal.

Reiner Gae Poppenga, 61, (pictured) was also booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a public officer after he allegedly fought with deputies who tried to take him into custody.

Deputies went to Creekview Ranch Middle School in the unincorporated area of west Roseville about 3:45 p.m. Thursday where school officials reported that a man had walked onto campus and confronted the principal.

The man, later identified as Poppenga, allegedly pointed an object that he held like a handgun and threatened to kill the principal, according to a sheriff's department press release.

The principal directed staff to place the school in a lockdown. School had already ended for the day but there were children on campus participating in activities.

Poppenga, who is homeless, was found in a nearby creek bed. Deputies said he fought with them before he was taken into custody.

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