On Sunday around 2 a.m. Greenwood City Police responded to Hackett Ave after receiving calls about a man chasing people with a hatchet.
According to the report, police arrived at the scene and saw several individuals running up the road and pointing back toward a corner store building. One of them yelled, “he hit my sister with an axe.
Officers locate the suspect and ordered him to show his hands but he refuses multiple commands. At this time, officers engage the suspect and wrestle him to the ground. Still resisting, officers told the victim they would use their taser if he continued to resist.
Malcolm Dean Covington, 53 of 120 S. University Street in Greenwood was arrested and charged with burglary, assault and battery with high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during commission of a crime.
The witnesses told police that Covington came to their house and knocked on the window. He was asking them why they put him on trespassing notice earlier that day. Then Covington jumped through an open window, grabbed a hatchet and began swinging it wildly.
Everyone ran out of the house but one individual fell over a table and claimed Covington struck her in the leg with the hatchet. Police looked at the leg but no physical damage was noticeable.
Covington did not have the hatchet on him at the time of the arrest. A witness took police to a nearby creek where they claimed he tossed it. There they found a 1.5 ft. long machete with a wooden handle wrapped with duct tape.
Covington was then transported to the Greenwood County Detention Center.