An Orcutt man has been arrested in an attempted armed robbery at a Wells Fargo ATM. 

The Sheriff's Office on Monday night released details of the incident that happened two weeks ago, and involved a school being placed on lockdown. 

At about 2 p.m. Nov. 6, a man armed with a knife approached a customer who was using the ATM, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Prior to the incident, deputies received reports of a suspicious man in the 5800 block of Ken Avenue.

Another report stated that a man, matching the same description, had knocked on the door of a residence on Ken Avenue while holding a knife in his hand.

St. Louis de Montfort School nearby was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. 

Deputies conducted a search of the area and were able to locate the suspect who was observed approaching a customer at a Wells Fargo ATM. When the customer turned to face the alleged subject, he allegedly pulled out a 12-inch-long kitchen knife, deputies said. 

The customer fled on foot, leaving his card in the machine.

Deputies confronted the suspect at gunpoint and reportedly saw him throw the knife into a nearby garbage can. 

The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Michael Fernandez, was taken into custody and found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

When deputies searched the garbage can, they reportedly located two knives -- a 12-inch kitchen knife with an 8-inch-long blade and an open locked butterfly knife with a 4-inch-long blade.

Fernandez, who was booked into County Jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges, is being held on $40,000 bail. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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