A 74-year-old Olivehurst man was arrested on Tuesday after brandishing what was thought to be a weapon at a postal employee.

As a postal employee was putting mail in a neighborhood mailbox about 2 p.m., authorities said William Hughes came out of his home in the 4500 block of Ardmore Avenue screaming profanities and waving what was believed to be a handgun.

The weapon turned out to be a toy cap gun.

The postal employee called 911, and the Yuba County Sheriff's Department responded.

"Hughes barricaded himself inside," said Sgt. Joe Million.

Deputies were able to talk him out of the home after about an hour.

Hughes was arrested on one felony charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition and multiple misdemeanor charges. No information was provided about his previous felony conviction.

Hughes was booked into the Yuba County jail but was not in custody on Wednesday.

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