Police: Columbus man threatened to murder family

Police arrested a 20-year-old Columbus man after his mother said he was threatening to kill the family and was destroying her apartment with a machete.

Devon N. Vandiver, 20, of 1212 Pearl St., was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, illegal consumption, intimidation with a deadly weapon and criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

The woman told police she and another son barricaded themselves into the back of their Pearl Street apartment as they could not escape through the front door, Harris said.

When officers arrived, they could hear screaming and the sounds of a physical altercation inside, Harris said.

The officers kicked open the apartment’s locked front door, although Vandiver then slammed it on officers, Harris said.

Officers used a Taser through the front door’s broken window and subdued Vandiver, Harris said.

A large machete was recovered on a couch near where Vandiver had been standing, the police spokesman said.

Vandiver was checked by medical personnel for a cut on his hand and then taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

He is being held in jail in lieu of a $97,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.