Man accused of threatening woman with machete

Man accused of threatening woman with machete

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested a 25-year-old man on assault charges Tuesday after officers said he threatened a woman with a machete.

Anthony Ray Allen of Jonesboro is charged with aggravated assault on a family or household member, a felony. He also faces misdemeanor charges of domestic battering, interfering with emergency communications and resisting arrest.

According to the initial incident report, officers were called to the 1600-block of West Cherry around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding an assault in progress.

The victim told police Allen got mad at her because she would not let him use her phone.

"Allen then pulled out a black machete and told [the victim] that she was going to respect him or he would bust her (expletive) up," the report stated.

Fearing for her life, the woman went outside and called 911. While she was on the phone, she said Allen approached her and began punching her in the back and face. She said he then took the phone and ran back into the house.

An officer responding to the scene reported seeing Allen standing inside the doorway of the home. When the officer approached the house, Allen ducked inside and slammed the door.

The victim then began "yelling that her children were inside the home," the report stated.

Police had the children exit the front door and run to their mother before entering the home. Once inside they reportedly found evidence of a struggle and "several broken bottles."

Another officer saw Allen run out of the back door and ordered him to put his hands behind his back; but, according to the report, Allen refused and "began resisting arrest by pulling away and attempting to run away."

Two officers "wrestled with Allen for several minutes" before they finally took him into custody.

He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

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