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Husband with machete chases man in parking lot for allegedly insulting wife

Brett Johnson, who chased a man with a machete because he allegedly insulted his wife. (Photo: Montgomery County Police Department)

BURTONSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) -- An enraged husband with a machete in hand sprinted after another man after insulting remarks were reportedly made about his wife, Montgomery County Police said, according to court documents.

On July 20, the alleged victim brought his son to Legacy Martial Arts. As the father returned to his parked car, the driver of a Volvo station wagon blocked him in.

According to the victim, the driver, later identified as Brett Johnson, shouted, "Why did you call my wife a f------ b----?" The victim denied the assertion. Johnson replied, "Who the f--- do you think you are?"

The victim used his cell phone to take a photo of Johnson, prompting the 56-year-old to allegedly retrieve a machete from the trunk of his Volvo. Johnson removed the sheath, exposing the broad, heavy knife and then began to chase the victim on foot through the strip mall parking lot, police said.

The victim managed to outrun Johnson who, in defeat, declared, "I'll be coming for you!" After Johnson drove off, the victim returned to the martial arts center and asked the manager to call 911.

The victim told police he had never seen or spoken to Johnson prior to their parking lot altercation, which he noted, made him fear for his life.

"I am eager to see the other facts beyond these allegations," Johnson’s defense attorney said. "Mr. Johnson is presumed innocent until otherwise noted."

Police charged Johnson with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

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