PD: Man with machete threatens customers at west Phoenix store

Posted at 11:41 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 18:24:26-04

A man reportedly threatened store customers and his girlfriend with a "combat style machete" late last month.  

Phoenix Police report that on March 27 a woman was arguing with her boyfriend, 35-year-old Jonathan David Savery, while parked in a car at a K-Mart store near 83rd Avenue and McDowell Road. 

During the argument, police say Savery grabbed a "large combat style machete," and told her that, "He was ready to die" and "you're coming with me." 

The woman got out of the car, but Savery managed to cut her upper arm and a shirt strap with the blade. 

The woman ran into the K-Mart store and Savery followed. Police say there were about 30 people in the store at the time. They all ran to the back of the store after seeing Savery with the machete. 

However, police say, one young boy was too frightened to move. One customer reportedly went to help the boy, when Savery said to him, "So you want to be a hero," as he raised the machete over his head. 

After allegedly dragging his girlfriend back outside, Savery reportedly carjacked a car from a family of five. 

By that time, officers had arrived and convinced him to surrender. 

Police say Savery has multiple prior convictions, is homeless and mentally ill. 

He is being held on $250,000 bond for numerous charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping, and armed robbery.