GARDEN CITY -- A 38-year-old homeless man is now in police custody after officers say he pulled a knife on two girls on the Greenbelt this afternoon.

According to Garden City Police, the incident happened around 2 p.m. near the Boise River at East 48th Street. They says two sisters, ages 10 and 12, came upon the man who began wielding a knife at them in an agitated state. The girls became frightened and ran away.

Police were called to the scene and found a man fitting the description given to them by the girls. The homeless man was living in a makeshift camp and made incriminating statements to officers.

Tommie J. Salmon was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives. Salmon had been living along the river for the past two days.

He is being charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is expected to be arraigned in court on Thursday.

Neither of the girls was injured during the assault.

Garden City Police Chief James Bensley commended the girls for acting appropriately and getting out of the area, and telling adults and authorities.

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