NANTICOKE — Two Nanticoke cousins have been arrested in an assault on another man they say threatened them with a machete, police said.
According to Nanticoke police:
A patrolling officer spotted Robert William Belcher and Robert Harold Belcher III beating Walter Breita on the ground outside the Cocoa Hut convenience store along Middle Road around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to police reports.
Handcuffed and stowed in a police cruiser, the Belchers hit their heads on the partition glass, spit and shouted obscenities. The officer called for an ambulance as it appeared Breita needed medical attention.
Breita, who appeared intoxicated, told police the two men approached him in the parking lot and began hitting him. He went to his car to get the large knife and the Belchers retreated.
He said after he put the machete back in his car, he tried to go inside the food store when the Belchers attacked him again, police said.
The Belchers’ stories matched each other’s and both appeared to be drunk, police said. The Belchers said Breita approached them first with his machete. Officers found the machete in Breita’s car. The Belchers could not explain how the knife got back inside the car.
A store clerk said it looked like the Belchers confronted Breita, though she said they were out of view for part of the altercation. She told police she tried calling 911 three times but got a busy signal, police said.
Police said the Belchers continued their aggressive behavior all the way to police headquarters, where Robert William Belcher intentionally clogged his cell’s toilet, threatened to shoot an officer and summon a “crew of skin heads to clean the place up.”
Court records show Robert William Belcher was charged with misdemeanor counts of assault, making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He was also charged with public drunkenness. Robert III was charged with simple assault and criminal mischief. Breita was charged with carrying prohibited offensive weapon and public drunkenness.