Man accused of charging at person with machete, saying ‘I rob people for money’

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MADISON, Wis. — Police said a man was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly charging at someone with a 25 inch machete.

Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of S. Bedford Street around 10:30 p.m., according to Madison Police Department spokesman, Joel DeSpain.

The victim, who is homeless, told officers he met the suspect downtown earlier Tuesday. He said he was walking along S. Bedford St when the suspect charged at him with the machete saying “I rob people for money.”

The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to toss the machete into a nearby planter, DeSpain said.

Several community members called 911 when they heard the victim yelling for help.

The suspect struggled with responding officers, DeSpain said.

He identified himself as Justin J. Anderson, however the truck he was driving was registered to a man with another name.

The suspect had no ID and was jailed under the Anderson name on a tentative charge of attempted robbery, DeSpain said. It is unclear if he is using an alias, DeSpain said.

He told officers he was 35-years-old and from Minnesota, but had been in Wisconsin for a few weeks.

The victim suffered a cut to his finger while disarming the suspect, DeSpain said.

He was treated at the scene.

No mug shot was immediately available for Justin Anderson.