Stillwater police said a man was high on methamphetamine when he was arrested for walking down the street while wielding a machete early Tuesday morning.
According to police, at about 3:46 a.m., officers responded to the report that a man had pulled a machete on a victim in the 200 block of S. Main Street. The victim told police he was throwing newspapers when he saw the suspect, 28-year-old Jose Gomez-Rodriguez Jr. walking on the sidewalk.
The victim said he pulled over to throw a newspaper at a business. That’s when Gomez-Rodriguez turned around to face the victim’s car, pulled a machete out of his waistband and then started walking towards the victim’s car.
The victim said he told Gomez-Rodriguez he meant him no harm, and Gomez-Rodriguez put the machete away and continued walking north.
Officers found Gomez-Rodriguez walking in the 100 block S. Main. As officers approached Gomez-Rodriguez and ordered him to show his hands, Gomez-Rodriguez pulled the machete from his pants.
Gomez-Rodriguez dropped the machete when ordered to do so and got on the ground as ordered. He was arrested for carrying an illegal weapon.
According to police, Gomez-Rodriguez was also charged with public intoxication. Evidence indicates that Rodriguez was high on meth.
No one was injured in this incident.