A Hemet man suspected of threatening occupants of a residence with a machete was flushed out of his alleged hiding place today and arrested.
Nicholas Eugene Blane, 39, allegedly broke into a Hemet home on Thompson Street on Tuesday and waved a machete at the residents, threatening to kill them with it, according to Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart.
He said Blane fled the location before officers could get there, but his identity was confirmed, and in the ensuing days, investigators conducted a search, eventually leading to a house in the 1100 block of Merrimac Street.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, officers surrounded the property and attempted to make contact with the suspect, who allegedly fled out the rear door but raced back inside when he saw the police, according to Wisehart.
SWAT members were summoned to assist and shot chemical agents into the house to flush out the probationer, who had crawled into the attic, Wisehart said.
Blane surrendered peacefully after midnight and, following a medical exam, was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats, burglary and probation violations.
Bail information wasn’t immediately available.