Francis charged with threatening a man with a machete

Posted at 3:55 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 17:55:34-04

Lamar Joseph Francis has been charged in Great Falls after he allegedly brandished a machete at a man.

According to a police affidavit, police were called to a home on the 4100 block of 4th Avenue South just before 6 a.m. on Thursday, where Francis’ father said that his son was threatening him with a machete.

The man told police that Francis had raised the machete "in a threatening manner" and he was afraid that Francis would cause him "serious bodily injury," according to court documents.

Francis was taken into custody without incident, and reportedly admitted having the machete, but then "decided he no longer wanted to speak" with officers.

Court documents note that this is the most recent of several incidents involving Francis within the last several weeks.

Francis was arrested for disorderly conduct after he reportedly "jumping at cars" in traffic while drunk on April 9th, and has been involved in "disturbances" with a former girlfriend and his parents.

According to court documents, Francis has convictions for theft, assault, obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct, and partner/family member assault.

He is now charged with assault with a weapon (felony) and partner/family member assault (misdemeanor).

Prosecutors requested that bond be set at $15,000, and that if he does post bail, that he be prohibited from contacting his parents or coming within 1,500 feet of their home.

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