A 28-year-old man was arrested for attempted deliberate homicide in Anaconda on Saturday night after he reportedly swung at another man with a machete.
No one was injured in the incident.
According to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell, officers received a call just before 11 p.m. informing them that two men were trying to break into a home in the 2100 block of Lincoln Street.
Barkell said that before police arrived, a neighbor in the area confronted the two men, who were on bicycles.
One of the men fled the area but the other, Anthony Esparza, allegedly pushed his bike toward the 45-year-old man approaching him and swung both a machete-like knife and a pocket knife at the neighbor.
The two men then started wrestling on the ground, Barkell said.
The neighbor, who was unharmed by either of Esparza’s knives, allegedly punched Esparza in the face and was able to keep him pinned to the ground for a short time.
But Esparza escaped his grip and fled the area before officers arrived.
Barkell said the neighbor told police what happened and that he feared for his life.
A short time after the alleged fight, Anaconda police located Esparza in the Lincoln Street area.
Barkell said Esparza was cited for felony attempted deliberate homicide, felony assault with a weapon, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and misdemeanor criminal trespass to property.
According to the Montana Department of Corrections’ Correctional Offender Network Search, Esparza is on probation with Anaconda Probation and Parole for accountability for burglary, a crime he committed in Yellowstone County in 2014.
As of Monday, Esparza was being held in the Anaconda county jail without bond.