Police arrest Columbus man accused of threatening family with machete

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Devon Vandiver

Update (Aug. 10, 2017)– Devon Vandiver was sentenced to one year each for criminal confinement and resisting arrest. Both years were suspended. Restitution was also ordered, but the amount was not released.

Original story:

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Aug. 24, 2015) – A Columbus man threatened to kill family members with a machete over the weekend, prompting his arrest, police said.

Officers from the Columbus Police Department arrived around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at an apartment in the 1200 block of Pearl Street after a woman called 911 to report her son was using a machete to carve up the residence. The woman said she and another son had barricaded themselves in the back of the apartment and couldn’t get out.

Police heard screaming when they arrived and kicked open the door. The out-of-control son, identified as 20-year-old Devon N. Vandiver, then slammed the door on the officers. Police deployed a Taser, incapacitating Vandiver so they could take him into custody.

Police recovered a machete from a nearby couch. After being checked for a cut on his hand, Vandiver went to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, illegal consumption, intimidation with a deadly weapon and criminal confinement with a deadly weapon.

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