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Elderly man accused of attacking two others with machete to face assault charges, Statesville police say

71-year-old David Morgan was apprehended on September 16, just more than two weeks after the alleged assault.

STATESVILLE, N.C. — The Statesville Police Department said the man responsible for attacking two other people with a machete on Sept. 7 has been apprehended and should face charges soon.

The department shared a Facebook post confirming that 71-year-old David Morgan was apprehended Saturday evening, about a week after the reported attack. He also apparently suffered injuries during the incident and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Upon his release, he will face two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

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Police said Morgan was accused of using a machete against two other people, both from Morganton, in a dispute over an area where he was camping. Both victims, who were treated for injuries in the Sept. 7 incident, were homeless and living in a wooded area near the city of Statesville's water treatment plant.

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David Morgan

The department said they searched for Morgan that day, who was cut on his leg and hand by the same machete he allegedly wielded. However, they were unable to find him that day. 

Two nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution during the search: Northview Academy and Statesville Christian School. However, police stressed neither campus was in immediate danger.

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🚨 Update on September 7th Incident: David Morgan Apprehended by Statesville Police Earlier this evening, Statesville...

Posted by Statesville Police Department on Saturday, September 16, 2023

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