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A Houston man accused of chasing another man with a machete before waving the weapon at police is behind bars facing three felony charges, court records show.
Anthony Joe Williams, 36, was arrested Tuesday, more than a week after a violent outburst sparked an officer-involved shooting in north Houston.
The chaos kicked off around 12:30 p.m. on April 27, when Minh Tran heard someone beating on the metal security gate of his home on Estrellita Drive, according to court documents.
Tran came outside and asked if the man – who police identified as Williams – needed help, but got no response.
Instead, Williams turned away and walked toward the driveway security gate and scaled it, then snatched a machete from Tran’s backyard.
Tran called 911 and ran back inside for his gun.
Outside, Williams continued his rampage, breaking five windows in the back of the home and yelling at Tran to shoot him.
Then, he tried breaking into the back of the home before walking around the side and busting another window, court documents allege.
Tran came outside with his gun and started running, and when police arrived minutes later , they found Williams chasing Tran with a machete.
Williams swiveled and focused his attention on the three responding officers. He ignored orders to drop the blade and walked toward police and “raised the machete in a threatening manner,” according to court papers.
Two of the officers fired off shots, hitting Williams in the stomach and leg.
“As soon as the suspect went down they gave him orders again to drop the machete,” Capt. Lori Bender told reporters at the time.
“He waved it around for a little bit longer and then he released the machete.”
Afterward, he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police initially said they’d found evidence of PCP in his car.
The officers who fired shots were put on a three-day administrative leave as authorities probed the incident. As with any officer-involved shooting in city limits, HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs are both investigating the case, along with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Williams is now facing two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Before the current legal troubles, Williams already had a string of arrests in Harris County dating back to at least 2001.
In 2008, he was convicted on a robbery charge and sentenced to three years in state prison. He’s also faced charges for evading arrest, felon in possession of a weapon, endangering a child and a slew of other offenses.
He’s currently being held without bond in the Harris County jail and is due in court Wednesday.
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