A 64-year-old Hastings man has been accused of using a machete to assault a man last year.

David Wilsey of 735 S. Baltimore Ave. was charged with first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony on May 15 in Adams County Court. Both charges are a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

Wilsey was arrested Saturday and posted bond for his release.

His initial appearance in court is scheduled for June 6 at 9 a.m.

According to the arrest affidavit, Curt Erickson told police he went to Wilsey’s home on June 22, 2018, to talk to Erickson’s fiancee, Beradette Otts. Erickson said he had been sending messages to Otts and tried calling her four or five times, but she was ignoring him.

Otts told police that she and Erickson had broken up and she wasn’t going to get back together with him because Erickson is violent. She said her daughter had called and said Erickson had a gun and was coming to shoot Wilsey in the face.

Erickson told police he had a loaded gun in his pocket, but there wasn’t a round in the chamber. He said he never pulled it out during the incident.

He said he knocked at Wilsey’s door when he arrived, but no one answered. He said he could hear someone inside so he called out for Otts to come to the door.

Erickson started kicking the door to get Otts to come talk to him.

Wilsey told police he grabbed a machete and went to the door. Wilsey said he told Erickson to go away or it wouldn’t be good, but he kept kicking the door.

Erickson told police that Wilsey opened the door and charged at him with something raised over his head. Erickson said he put his arms up to block his face and his arms were cut.

Wilsey told police that after opening the door Erickson came at him like he was going to push him out of the way, so he struck Erickson with the machete two or three times.

Wilsey said he then put the machete on the living room table, checked on his daughters and went to get towels for Erickson.

Erickson said he told Wilsey to call 911, but Wilsey refused and slammed the door in his face. He said he went to a neighbor’s house, who also wouldn’t call 911.

Police were called and responded. Officers found Erickson with his right hand wrapped in a towel soaked in blood. An officer saw two or three deep lacerations on Erickson’s forearm, one of which he could see the bone. Erickson was taken to Mary Lanning Healthcare for treatment.


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