Homeless Man Arrested For Machete Threat In Iowa City

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY — A homeless man is accused of threatening another man with a machete.

According to Iowa City police, an officer was flagged down around 6 p.m. Monday at the railroad crossing on Gilbert Street by subjects witnessing two men who were about to fight. A witness told police that one of the men, 40-year-old Kenneth J. Emerson, had come at the second man, 47-year-old Jose D. Nunez, with a machete.

Police said Emerson was wielding a machete, but dropped it when he saw the officer approaching. Emerson tried to flee from the officer and ignored commands to stop, police said. When the officer caught up to Emerson, he said he grabbed the machete from his camp under the bridge to scare away and threaten Nunez because Nunez was threatening Emerson’s girlfriend.

Emerson was arrested and charged with going armed with intent, a Class D felony. Police said Nunez was intoxicated at the time and was charged with public intoxication.

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