A man who allegedly chased another man with a machete during an argument in Novato last week was arrested Monday afternoon, police said. The attack was reported at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 1. The victim, a 56-year-old Novato man, accused Christopher Butler, 23, of Novato, of stealing his cellphone in the 1400 block of Hamilton Parkway, Novato police Lt. John McCarthy said.
The two men got into an argument, and Butler allegedly retrieved a machete from his vehicle, McCarthy said. Butler allegedly chased after and swung the machete at the man who accused him of stealing his phone, and made threatening statements, police said. The victim was not injured and Butler fled before police arrived. Police developed information that identified Butler as the suspect, and Butler was found during a traffic stop on Hamilton Parkway around 5:20 p.m.
Monday, McCarthy said. During the traffic stop, police recovered a machete with an 18-inch blade from Butler’s Ford Bronco, McCarthy said. Butler was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats. He was booked into Marin County Jail and was being held on $50,000 bail.
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