Machete-Wielding Landlord Allegedly Threatens to Cut up Tenant
Landlord forced his way into residence with hammer.
A Flowery Branch man is facing numerous charges stemming from a Feb. 26 incident during which he reportedly entered a Buford home and threatened to cut the tenant with a machete.
Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to a Cloud Street residence after a 911 caller advised a machete-wielding man had entered the home. Before officers arrived, the man -- identified as James Swansey, 80, of Flowery Branch -- left the scene in a Ford pickup truck. An officer spotted a truck matching the description of Swansey's vehicle on Church Street and conducted a traffic stop.
Swansey, who identified himself as the owner of the Cloud Street residence, admitted he had just left the home and had been involved in an altercation with his tenants. According to the police report, Swansey said no one would answer his knock, so he used a hammer to break a lock on one of the doors. He reportedly also admitted entering the residence with a hammer and a machete.
"I asked Swansey why he was armed with a machete," the officer wrote in the report. "Swansey stated, 'I was going to hit that n----- in the head with it.' "
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