He wandered around armed with a 30 cm knife not far from the Lyon-Perrache station.
The man arrested by the police on Thursday morning on the platform of the T1 tramway and placed in police custody, must be presented on Saturday in front of the Lyon prosecutor's office with a view to opening a judicial investigation for "carrying a prohibited weapon and threats with weapon ”.
The Lyon prosecutor's office specifies that this 26-year-old Afghan, who arrived in France in 2014, denied any violent intention during his custody, assuring that he used his knife to "cut chocolate" and "to eat".
On Wednesday, October 21, he had tried to enter the precincts of the prefecture of Lyon "for an approach related to his residence permit," said the prosecution.
Not wearing a mask, he was prevented from doing so by the police and an altercation ensued.
He was then in possession of a valid residence permit and was not known to the police.
Already sentenced last October
The incident earned him an immediate sentence of six months in prison with a suspended sentence and a fine of 300 euros for “violence against people holding public authority, insults and rebellion”.
He was then the subject "of a report for evaluation", indicates the prosecution.
The open investigation aims to determine his career and to identify his personality, in particular via a psychiatric evaluation.
Earlier Thursday, in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon, another man was arrested in possession of a knife after calling the 17th, invoking "voices ordering him to kill people".
The prosecution indicates that he was hospitalized under duress.