MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 28-year-old Waite Park man is in jail accused of chasing children with a machete Thursday.
According to Waite Park police, officers were dispatched at 9:18 p.m. to the 200 block of 3rd Street South in Waite Park. They were responding to the report of a “male with a machete who had been chasing kids in the courtyard.”READ MORE: Housing Affordability In Twin Cities Hits Lowest Level In 18 Years, Realtors Report
While en route, officers were advised by dispatch that someone at the same address was reporting that someone pointed a gun at them.
After arriving on the scene, police determined that the suspect had been in the courtyard over the prior few days chopping at a tree with a machete. Police said he was chopping at the tree Thursday when, at some point, he stopped and began chasing three children who were playing nearby.READ MORE: Wisconsin Woman Sues Over Judy Garland 'Wizard Of Oz' Dress Slated For Auction
When one of the children advised a parent of the situation, they confronted the suspect. While the parent was speaking to the suspect, the suspect reached into his pocket, so the parent “became afraid and brandished a gun”, police said.
The suspect allegedly told police at the scene that the parent pointed a gun at his head. However, police said a gun was never pointed at him.MORE NEWS: Lynx Activate Kayla McBride
The suspect was then arrested for second-degree assault and taken to Stearns County Jail.