The victim told police he was headed to his car after work around 3 a.m. on the 900 block of Villa Street when the attacker approached him, pushed him down and pulled out what appeared to be a knife, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. The man then allegedly tried to go through the victim's pockets.
Security staff at a nearby business called police, who saw the assailant with a knife in his hand several feet away from the victim, Nelson said. The man complied with orders to drop the knife and was detained without incident.
Six officers responded to the incident, Nelson said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was booked into Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility with a bail set at $31,000.
The victim, 61, was not injured in the incident.
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