A man has been given 30 days in jail for threatening a woman with a machete.
The machete-wielding man, Siro Perez Hernandez, 61, entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of domestic assault and was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and was warned to stay away from the victim. He was originally charged with felony assault which could have cost him up to six years in prison.
Police arrived at a South High Street address in response to a disturbance call and found Hernandez walking outside the home clutching a knife.
“He was holding a knife and I told him to drop it and he did,” said McMinnville policeman Andy Aguilar, noting the suspect appeared to be intoxicated.
During a subsequent interview, a woman who was at the residence told police Hernandez had been drinking and became hostile with everyone at the house.
“She said he threatened her with a machete but she was able to get it away from him,” Aguilar said, adding the suspect then armed himself with a knife and came after her again. “He got a knife and came after her, at which time she called 911.”
Hernandez was fleeing the residence when police arrived and found him with the knife in his hand.