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Man with machete charged with making threats, assault

A Tamaqua man has been charged after threatening people with a machete.

Bernard Johnson, 26, of 32 E. Mauch Chunk Street, Tamaqua, and 223 S. 7th Street., Newark, New Jersey, is facing charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, make repairs/sell/offensive weapons, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief, for an incident on Oct. 5 at 11:10 p.m. in the area of 32 Mauch Chunk St.

Tamaqua Police were dispatched to the area for a report of a person with a machete. On scene officers spoke with two victims who said a man tried to come at them with a machete. The two then pointed to Johnson who was further down the street.

The officers approached Johnson, and ordered him to the ground. He said he had placed the machete in bushes down the street. Police located the machete.

Police interviewed a victim who said Johnson came to his apartment, broke a window and made threats. The victim went out of his apartment with a firearm and told Johnson to leave and cocked his firearm in self-defense. A second victim them came out of her apartment and had a baseball bat.

Another man told police he was walking by and saw what was happening and tried to help, but ended up fighting with Johnson in the street for a few seconds. Another woman, who called 911, said that Johnson was texting her and she had a protection from abuse order against him. She said Johnson had threatened to kill her.

Johnson was arraigned before a district judge on the charges. Records indicate Johnson is currently an inmate in the county prison in Pottsville.