On August 10th at 9:15PM the Newport Police Department was dispatched to the Newport Walmart on a report of a subject armed with a machete, swinging the machete around and threatening patrons.
Officers arrived and were given the machete by a citizen who told officers the suspect had dropped it. Officers were then summoned inside the store after bystanders stated the subject had fled inside the store. An officer contacted and detained the subject near the front of the store without incident. The subject was identified as Timothy John Craft, 36, of Bigfork, Montana.
Further investigation revealed Craft had been involved in a dispute in the parking lot and was upset. Craft entered the store, and rather than calling for help or asking for assistance from store employees, Craft selected a machete from a display inside the store. Craft then returned to the parking lot looking for the other person involved with the dispute. Craft was acting erratic and was swinging the machete around while threatening several patrons in the parking lot.
Craft was taken into custody by law enforcement and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges;
- Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Disorderly Conduct