A man has been arrested for allegedly telling children at a school that he was going to get an assault rifle and kill them, Los Angeles County authorities said.

James Rollin McLane, 27, was arrested Friday and booked for felony investigation of threatening schoolchildren, Deputy Hal Grant said. No weapons were found in his home.McLane, described as an unemployed painter, allegedly made the threat Wednesday during recess at Grover Cleveland Elementary School.

"He confronted several schoolchildren through a chain-link fence and told them he was going home to get an AR-15 rifle," Grant said. "He said he was going home and would return to kill them."

The students told school officials. A deputy recognized the description and McLane was arrested at his home two blocks from school, Lt. Michael Kenyon said.