BCPD: Machete-wielding man had stolen items

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they arrested a man who tried to break into a Battle Creek apartment while wielding a machete.

It happened around noon Sunday in the area of Dahlia Drive near Beckley Road, according to the Battle Creek Police Department.

Ericka Haley told 24 Hour News 8 she and her husband were preparing for church at her mother’s apartment when they heard something at the back window. They then saw a shirtless man with a machete trying to break in. Haley said the man knocked out a window screen.

He was shouting strange things, Haley said, like “I have stuff stuff for you.” She said the man then began using the machete to try to get into the storage unit on the patio.

Haley said the man continued to act erratically. He drank some soda that had been left on the patio. At on point, he apparently got tired, because he lay down on the porch swing, she said.

When police arrived, they found the man near the back of the apartment, still carrying the machete. He was arrested without incident.

When Haley checked the storage unit, she found a couple of bags she did not recognize. Police checked them and found they were full of stolen property including knives and DVDs. BCPD says those items had been stolen earlier Sunday from the Walmart on Beckley Road.

The man is being held on charges of home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen property. BCPD says Emmett Township police are seeking charges for the Walmart theft.

The man’s name was not released Sunday.

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