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Hampton man allegedly swings machete at business owner

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Posted at 4:25 PM, May 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-03 16:25:52-04

A Hampton man is in custody after police say he allegedly swung a machete at a business owner during an argument.

Julius R. Bannerman, 34, of the first block of Roundtree Circle in Hampton, surrendered to police about 1:40 a.m. Thursday, May 3.

According to police, a business owner reported that Bannerman came into the business, located in the 11300 block of Jefferson Avenue, and the two got into an argument that turned physical.

Police say Bannerman took out a machete and swung it at the owner. The owner was not injured. The suspect then allegedly used the weapon to damage a desk, an equipment cable and window blinds. The owner and another man put the suspect out of the building.

Bannerman also made statements to the owner that he would return and burn the business down police say.

Warrants were obtained for one count each of assault, damage to property, brandishing a machete  and threat to bomb or burn.

Bannerman has been placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.