BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– A man from Erie remains in jail in Boulder after allegedly threatening a bicyclist with a machete.
Mack Daniel Meade has been charged with harassment and showing a deadly weapon following the Tuesday incident.
Police said Meade, 21, was riding as a passenger in a green Buick in Boulder. When the car passed a bicyclist, he spit on the cyclist and the car sped away.
That bicyclist was able to catch up to Meade when the car was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Broadway and North. That’s when the two became engaged in a verbal confrontation.
When they started yelling at each other, Meade reached into the center console of the car and pulled out a machete. That’s when the bicyclist said Meade threatened to kill him.
Police said Meade didn’t get out of the car. Officers found him almost immediately at a nearby library.
Officers said when they searched the car Meade was riding in they found the weapon.
“Part of what would make this more of a felony menacing case would be if the bicyclist had felt threatened or had felt that he was in danger or that his life was on the line and he clearly said in the report that he didn’t,” said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.
Police said it’s not illegal to carry a machete in Boulder but it is illegal to threaten someone with it.