Man arrested after making death threats to family

by Wes Mayer

A man suspected of threatening to hurt family members with a machete was arrested by Coweta County authorities early Friday.

Around 1:20 a.m., Coweta County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 400-block of South Highway 29 in reference to a fight in progress, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, William David Weems, 48, armed with a boxcutter, threatening his wife and grandson. Deputies were able to take Weems into custody and seized two boxcutters and a screwdriver that were in his possession, Yarbrough said.

Deputies spoke to the victims and were told Weems came home drunk around 9 p.m. Thursday and began to make threats, Yarbrough said. This escalated to Weems pulling out a boxcutter and a screwdriver on his wife and grandson.

Weems’ wife called 911, and over the line, Weems was heard saying, “I’m on parole. I got a machete. I’m fixing to kill me a [B-word].” Deputies could not locate a machete, though, Yarbrough said.

Weems was charged with two counts of terroristic threats and acts and one count of aggravated assault with a knife, Yarbrough said, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail. At the jail, Weems continued to threaten deputies’ lives, pointing at them and saying “you’re dead,” but he was not further charged. No one was injured in the incident.



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