A man who apparently refused to leave a Sweetwater business Oct. 8 was arrested across the street.

Sweetwater Police Sgt. Brandon Cansler said he pulled into the Marathon gas station on Main Street and was immediately approached by a woman who said a man had come into the store waving his hands around and causing a disturbance.

The woman told Cansler she called her father-in-law to come in because she was scared and, after he came in, the man allegedly stated he would cut his arms off and he was going to beat the woman.

The owner of the station told Cansler he’d asked the man to leave, but he refused.

The woman pointed at a man crossing Main Street and said that’s him. Cansler said he recognized the man as Clarence “Benji” Macon and drove his car over to him and told him stop, but Macon kept walking.

Cansler said he followed Macon down to the NAPA Auto Parts store and stopped his car in front of him to block his path. Det. John Scruggs pulled in behind him and they placed Macon under arrest for failure to stop.

Cansler said Macon was uncooperative, yelling things that didn’t make any sense and he and Scruggs had to take him to the ground to get him under control.

Macon, 43, Gaines Street, Sweetwater, was charged with two counts of assault by intimidation, disorderly conduct and failure to stop.

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