EASTON — Easton police on May 29 arrested Harold Copper, 61, of Easton, on charges that he threatened wait staff with a machete.

He was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, and one count each of wear and carrying a deadly weapon, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Officers responded to the Denny's in Easton in reference to the wait staff being threatened by a man with a knife. Upon arrival, police spoke with staffers, who said the man entered the restaurant as if he was going to purchase a meal and when members of the staff exited the building, the man exited Denny's after them and brandished a machete. They told police he was yelling at them and stepping toward them in a threatening matter.

The workers re-entered the restaurant and contacted the police. Officers searched the area and located Copper. When officers approached him, he became argumentative and loud, waking individuals in the area where police found him, which was posted against trespassing.

He was arrested, and a search incident to arrest revealed the machete in a black backpack as the staffers had described. 

Copper was charged and transported to central booking to be seen by the Talbot County District Court commissioner.

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