BOULDER, Colo. -- A 21-year-old man has been arrested on charges of threatening to chop up a Boulder bicyclist with a machete, police said.
Officers were called at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday to Broadway Street and Balsam Avenue on a report of a man being threatened with a machete.
A 27-year-old man told police he was riding his bike south on Broadway when a green Buick LeSabre drove past and a passenger in the front seat of the car spit on his arm, the police report said.
The bicyclist saw the Buick stop ahead at a red light and pedaled to catch up with the car.
"What the (expletive)?" the cyclist said to the man who spit on him, the report said.
The cyclist said the man pulled out a large, black machete and said, "Want me to (expletive) chop you up?"
The light turned green and the Buick drove off, the report said.
The cyclist gave police the car description and its license plate number, the report said. Patrol officers soon found the Buick parked at the Boulder Public Library with three young men sitting inside.
Officers ordered the trio to get out of the car and obtained permission from the driver to search the car, police said. An officer found the machete between the front passenger seat and the center console.
The Buick's driver, Zachery Adams-Morrill, 18, of Frederick, told police he keeps the machete tucked there, but forgot it was even there.
The driver told police he and his friends had come to Boulder to hang out and they were driving around.
"Adams-Morrill stated that the music was loud and everyone was getting rowdy" in the car, the police report said.
At a red light, Adams-Morrill said he noticed Mack Meade was dancing to the music in the front-seat passenger and holding the machete, the report said.
Adams-Morrill said he saw a bicyclist pull up beside the car and heard Meade and cyclist "talking smack to each other," the report said. The driver said the music was too loud to hear what they were saying.
Both Adams-Morrill and a rear-seat passenger, Jerome Melson, told police they saw Meade hold up the machete so the bicyclist could see it, the report said.
Melson said he heard Meade and the cyclist exchange curses.
Melson said he told "Mack he was stupid for doing that," the police report said.