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Harrison Township man arrested for making threat with machete

48-year-old man arrested, charged with assault with dangerous weapon

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HARRISON TWP., Mich. – A 48-year-old Harrison Township man was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after reportedly threatening a woman with a machete.

The 39-year-old Harrison Township woman said she was travelling on Crocker Blvd and following a red Ford pick-up truck.  She told police the truck had no tailgate or rear bumper and it was laden with propane tanks.  Concerned that the truck was losing its load, she pulled alongside the driver and motioned to him.   According to the woman, he shouted obscenities.  She told police she followed him to a mobile home in the Blue Sky Mobile Home Park where he entered a residence and then came back out carrying a machete and threatened the woman. 

Deputies eventually tracked the Joseph Templin to an apartment complex off Union Lake in Harrison Township.  While deputies were gathered around his truck, he exited one of the apartments and met with officers.  He was questioned and flatly denied the use of any weapons.  Sheriff Deputies got a search warrant and checked Templin's home where they recovered a black-handled machete with a curved, 18 inch blade.