Initially, the Sheriff's Department Valley Station in Alamo received reports of an unwanted guest from a woman who said her son was harassing her for money. He stole her cell phone and was high on speed, said Deputy Elmer Glasser, who responded to the call at noon on May 15.
"Her son lived in San Jose and came into Alamo to pressure her for money for drugs," Glasser said.
An older brother then stepped in, told him to leave the house, and he fled the scene. But in the haste of leaving, he forgot a baggie of crystal meth that Alamo deputies found upon arrival.
Later, when the subject returned to the house to get the drugs, the mother called 911 and Glasser responded.
"We were playing a cat-and-mouse game," Glasser said. "He showed up to get the baggie he left behind ... and a guy like that is bound to be carrying more."
The son was fidgety, sweaty and had a distinct odor, which led deputies to believe he was under the influence. Glasser then saw him reach into his coat pocket and believed he was grabbing a weapon.
"Meth makes you violent and paranoid - those don't mix," he explained.
But when Glasser restrained him, he found no weapon. Instead, he located fistfuls of a substance that looked like "rock salt." He then arrested him.
The woman said she loved her son and wanted him to recover, but that she called because she feared for her own safety.
"This was her baby son and she wanted to help him. She told me it's a sad day when you're afraid of you own son," Glasser said.
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