A man who allegedly came at Portsmouth police with a knife was arrested and charged on Saturday afternoon, according to Portsmouth Police.

Police were called to 53 Holiday Drive around 1:15 p.m. for the report of a man trying to break into an apartment. Officers determined the man had the legal authority to be in the unit, according to police.

While the officers were in the courtyard of the apartment building a man came out of Building 53 Apartment D with a folding knife and the blade extended, according to police. The man, later identified as Javier Lao-Figueroa, 31, came towards the officers making a slashing motion, police said.

The officers were able to de-escate the situation and Lao-Figueroa dropped the knife. He was charged with two counts of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

Lao-Figueroa is being held at the Rockingham County Jail on $5,000 cash bail awaiting arraignment on Monday.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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