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Merrimack Valley

October 27, 2012

Lawrence cab driver arrested in threats with machete

LAWRENCE — Police say an argument over a parking space escalated into potential violence one after a cab driver threatened another man with a 2-foot-long machete.

Francis Cabrera, 21, of 100 Berkeley St., third floor, was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Police responded to the Berkeley Street apartment house shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to investigate an emergency 911 call of a man wielding a machete.

Victor Sosa, 40, who lives on the second floor of 100 Berkeley St., told police that he observed Cabrera park his Liberty taxi in his wife’s parking spot outside the apartment house and told him to move it. Cabrera refused, prompting an argument, Sosa told police. Cabrera had recently moved into the apartment.

”Mr. Cabrera retreated to the third floor where shortly after this he returned holding a machete in his right hand stating as he raised the machete in a threatening manner to Mr. Sosa, ‘what are you going to do about it,’ “ Officer Mark D. Panagiotakos wrote in his incident report.

”Mr. Sosa thought about engaging with Mr. Cabrera but instead called 911,” the officer said.

When police arrived, the found Sosa standing outside of a Liberty Taxi with Cabrera seated in the front.

Police recovered the machete on the center console of the taxi after Cabrera told them where the weapon was located. Then, when questioned by Sgt. Joseph Cerullo about what happened, Cabrera admitted to brandishing the weapon during the argument, according to police.

”He felt threatened by Mr. Sosa and decided that he needed the machete to protect himself. Hence the reason he went inside bringing the machete out,” Officer Panagiotakos wrote.

Police seized the machete as evidence and arrested Cabrera.

The following items were taken from area logs for Thursday:

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