Man waving machete faces numerous charges

A man is in custody facing charges of aggravated assault and vandalism after victims stated he stepped in front of vehicles on Highway 412 making threatening gestures with a large knife.

The incidents occurred on October 8, 2016 on Highway 412 West and involved at least three vehicles.

Robert White-Lower, McCord Hollow Road, was reportedly standing on the side of the road causing vehicles to swerve to avoid impact.  The driver and passenger of one vehicle told Lewis County Sheriff Deputies the man threw something at their car, causing damage.

A second man traveling told law enforcement White-Lower stepped in front of his vehicle as if he wanted to be hit.  When the driver turned around to check on the man, “the individual pulled out a knife and kicked his car,” the report reads.

White-Lower reportedly shined a light toward a third vehicle, then threw an object, hitting the passenger side.  The driver told deputies he turned around to check on him and “the man walked in front of their vehicle holding a machete and then started to head toward the passenger side of their vehicle, putting them all in fear.”

Deputies located White-Lower sitting on the side of the road in possession of a machete.  White-Lower told officers he had been hit by a semi-truck but did not wish to “call the law,”  he just wanted “to go to the bar.”

White-Lower was charged with four counts of aggravated assault and three counts of vandalism and was taken to Lewis County Jail where he awaits a November 3 court date.

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