Delray police: Man chased neighbors with machete after Voodoo threat

Alexander Cesar

Cesar

A Delray Beach man chased his neighbors with a machete after they allegedly threatened to cast a Voodoo spell on him Tuesday morning, city police say.

Alexander Cesar, 30, faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. Officers spotted Cesar brandishing a machete and chasing two people on Southeast Fifth Avenue and ordered him to drop the weapon, according to his arrest report.

He complied, then told officers he was upset about the threat of Voodoo. The two victims ran out of their home and onto the street after Cesar pulled the machete because children were inside the home, they told police.

Cesar argued with one of the victims about rent money and the confrontation escalated, they told police. He called one of the victims a “tramp” and threatened to kill her just before he picked up the machete, the arrest report says.

At one point, Cesar picked up a large rock and struck one of the victims in the chest, shoulder and head, causing cuts, police say.

Cesar appeared in court briefly Wednesday morning for a bond hearing in which the judge ordered he have a mental health evaluation. He is expected to appear in court again Friday.

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