NEWPORT, Ore. – An argument between two men escalated into a sword-fight, of sorts, with a machete and an AK-47 rifle in Newport Sunday, police said.
The fight broke out in a residence at 1523 NW Nye Street just after 5 p.m., according to witnesses.
Police said Juan Bruno-Antonio, 29, and Juan Lopes-Sanchez, 28, both of Newport, had a disagreement and then pulled out the weapons a short time later.
“The two separated, but Bruno-Antonio retrieved a machete, returned to the room, and confronted Lopes-Sanchez,” said Sgt.Tony Garbarino with the Newport Police Department.
Witnesses told police that Bruno-Antonio swung the machete at the other man several times and then Lopes-Sanchez pulled out his AK-47 rifle, to deflect the strikes.
“After multiple strikes, the machete was dislodged from Bruno-Antonio’s hand and fell to the floor, where it was picked up by another tenant and removed from the house,” Garbarino said.
The AK-47 was loaded, but shots were never fired. Police said Bruno-Antonio was also drunk when the fight occurred and started punching Lopez-Sanchez after the weapons were gone.
Police arrested Bruno-Antonio on several charges, including assault, menacing, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. His bail was set at $137,500.
Police said Bruno-Antonio also tried to kick his way out of the patrol car, causing about $300 damage.