Man Holds a Machete to a Woman's Throat at the Poverello Center

At around 2:00pm on Tuesday, a Missoula Police Department Officer was dispatched to the Poverello Center for a report of a male who was holding a machete up to a female. The officer observed in the call notes that the male had left and was last seen headed towards the apartment complex on Toole Avenue. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.

“Officers were provided a good description and a nickname that officers recognized from prior law enforcement contact,” Arnold said. “Officers spotted a male matching the suspect description near the Off Broadway Condos and the male immediately began to flee from officers.”

The male, later identified as 28-year-old Naoise McMahon, was detained by other officers after initially refusing multiple commands to stop running and get down on the ground.

“Officers were able to catch up to McMahon and take him into custody,” Arnold said. “Officers were able to retrace McMahon’s running path and they gathered evidence of the incident. The victim wasn’t physically injured by the machete being held up to them. However, while McMahon was seen holding the machete to the victim, he was making comments about causing severe bodily injury or death to the victim.”

The victim said McMahon stole her

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