PD: Man with hatchet threatens people, damages cars in Mesa

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 17:51:43-04

MESA, AZ — A man allegedly used a hatchet to "scare people" and damage cars in Mesa, according to court documents.

Mesa police report that on March 16, they responded to a call in the area of Main Street and Alma School Road.

On scene, they spoke to a woman and young child who reportedly said a man, later identified as 19-year-old Joshua Melvin Carlisle, approached the woman's car screaming and waving a hatchet.

Carlisle allegedly struck her car with a hatchet, causing about $800 in damage.

Police were able to locate the hatchet near the aforementioned intersection after Carlisle ran away from the scene.

Police were also informed of another incident where Carlisle allegedly stopped a vehicle entering an apartment complex and waved the hatchet around, frightening the passengers inside.

Carlisle allegedly struck the car several times leaving "multiple deep scratches and a dent" on the car, which was less than one-month old.

The damage to that vehicle is estimated to be around $1,500.

Carlisle was located and arrested near the apartment complex.

He has been charged with multiple counts of criminal damage and aggravated assault.