MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said he got into a dispute with a juvenile following a small fire this week.
Austine Ubaike, 60, of 181 Bee St., was arrested on Monday and charged with second-degree threatening, third-degree assault and breach of peace.
Fire crews responded to the home on Bee Street around 2 p.m. for a report of a microwave fire, Fire Chief Ken Morgan said. The fire was extinguished before crews arrived and they cleared the scene.
Police responded to the home a short time later after receiving a 911 call where a dispatcher heard “please stop” then the phone was hung up, the report said. Police arriving found a juvenile and woman inside. The woman told police after the family went back into the home following the fire, an argument broke out between Ubaike and the juvenile.
According to the report, the argument escalated and Ubaike allegedly threatened the juvenile with a machete and an ax.
A report was made to the Department of Children and Families. Ubaike was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday.
He is released on $5,000 bond and the case was continued to Jan. 13.