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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Machete attack damages van, but not driver

By Jim Clark

A New York man was arrested and accused of aggravated assault and criminal mischief after he allegedly chased after another man with a machete.

When the victim got into his van, the suspect hit the van with his knife.

Jose A. Payano, 49, of Central Islip, N.Y., allegedly chased after a man who was visiting a woman on Southwest 47th Avenue.

Payano chased the victim, who got into his vehicle, and, according to the report, “when the defendant was not able to get to (the victim), the defendant struck the hood of (the victim’s) vehicle with the machete.”

According to the report, the machete left a 14-inch imprint in the hood which deputies reportedly matched with the machete.

In other reports:

Jesse Edward Cockream, 20, of Inglis, was accused of grand retail theft and issued a trespass warning at Walmart after he was observed allegedly taking a 32-inch television.

Gary Thomas Yourg, 23, of Southwest 141st Court, was accused of DUI and driving while license suspended or revoked for a previous DUI after being stopped for cutting off a deputy and failing to stay in a single lane. At the jail the report says his alcohol level registered .198 and .196.

Mario Menendez, 22, of Miami, was accused of DUI. He was allegedly driving erratically on the Interstate and calls were received at the Sheriff’s Office. He got off at State Road 200 and pulled behind an abandoned gas station, then pulled around front when the deputy activated his lights. At the jail, his alcohol level registered .205 and .192.