Jason Guzman allegedly hit three kids near a California school after being kicked out

A man who was kicked off a Southern California elementary school campus drove a car onto a curb and punched three children walking to school, police said Monday.

The children were taken to hospital in stable condition and Jason Guzman, 26, of Valencia, was arrested, Santa Ana Police said.

Four incendiary devices were found in the man’s car, police said.

The man had broken into Taft Elementary School, apparently asked to use a restroom, and was escorted off campus around 8 a.m., police said.

A short time later, the man pulled into the curb a few blocks from the school and struck three children who were walking to school, authorities said.

The car then continued to roll and struck a parked car before police took the driver into custody, Sgt. Maria Lopez said.

The driver appeared to have a self-inflicted stab wound and was brought in for treatment, Lopez said.

Isaias Vazquez, who lives nearby, ran to help the children.

“One is lying in the middle of the road and just lying there, motionless,” Vazquez told KTLA-TV. “When I attend to them, the parents are … just upset, screaming, and I see a person coming towards us with a knife in their hands, so I immediately called the police.”

The driver, who appeared disoriented, then turned and walked back to the car, where he left the knife, Vazquez said.

Two of the children “were fine, just in shock,” Vazquez said. “And after a while the one who was lying motionless on the street regained consciousness, luckily moved and got better, but she was in a lot of pain.”

The school was placed under lockdown for three hours while police searched the school to ensure it was safe. Classes then resumed, authorities said.

Investigators will try to determine if the driver intended to hit the children and if he had any connection to the school, Lopez said.

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