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Police: Man chases, threatens people with machete in Ogden

Posted at 7:08 AM, Jan 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 14:51:33-05

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A man was allegedly chasing and threatening people with a machete in Ogden Saturday.

Greg Morris, 27, was arrested and faces a charge of aggravated assault.

Police say the incident began in the parking lot of a Walmart at 1959 Wall Avenue. The victim told police he had parked next to a vehicle which was occupied by Morris' fiancée and child. The women yelled something at him, but he couldn't make out what she was upset about, according to arrest documents.

Morris then approached with a machete before the victim was able to back up and drive away.

Walmart camera evidence "shows exactly what the victim describes," according to police.

A man matching Morris' description was seen "waving a machete around at staff" at a Popeyes on Wall Avenue a few hours later. Morris was apparently arguing with a drive-through speaker employee who he believed was "being rude."

The Popeyes employee then noticed Morris come to the front door brandishing a "huge machete." The employee told police she ran past customers inside and shut the door to prevent Morris from entering, believing that if he was able to get inside he would hurt someone.

Another witness told police that Morris swung a machete out of his car window at drivers in the next lane as they drove down the road.

Later that day, Morris was found in the back seat of a grey Mazda at a Chic-Fil-A parking lot in South Ogden, where a machete was discovered by police.

According to authorities, Morris denied threatening anyone and claimed he was only going into Popeyes to get lunch, but the doors were locked, so he left. He also denied being at Walmart, but later claimed that a vehicle in the parking lot nearly hit his fiancée and child.

Surveillance video showed the victim pull into a parking spot normally at Walmart, and he did not appear to be near to hitting Morris' family. Morris also changed his statement multiple times while being interrogated, police noted.