COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A homeless man appeared in court Monday facing multiple charges. The man allegedly threatened several people with a machete, according the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
Police responded to a report of a fight in the 700 block of North 21st Street.
When police arrived, witnesses told them a man with a machete was involved in the fight but fled before officers arrived.
Other citizens began to call in reports of a man waving a machete soon after. One alleged victim told police the suspect, Kenneth “Randy” Randal Smith, 38, put the machete to his throat before chasing a second victim with the weapon. Police say both of these victims were not part of the original fight.
Police were able to locate Smith later at 23rd and Mullan. They had to use a taser to put him into custody.
Smith was put in the Kootenai County Jail for aggravated battery, aggravated assault, resisting/ obstructing an officer, malicious injury to property, two counts of battery and driving under the influence.
In court Monday Smith claimed he was the one being attacked and chased.
Smith has a long criminal history. One more conviction could put him away for life.
Bail was set at $250,000 Monday.