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Novinger man accused of pulling knife on mailman

Charles McFarland, 59, of Novinger, Mo., is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Assault. (Adair County Sheriff's Office)

A northeast Missouri man is accused of threatening his mailman with a knife.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Tuesday at the suspect's home on Bethel Ridge Road outside Novinger.

Charles McFarland, 59, of Novinger, is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Fourth-Degree Assault.

According to court documents, McFarland approached the mail carrier's vehicle, while pointing a knife at the driver, and started complaining about the mail not getting delivered to his mailbox.

The mailman told investigators McFarland threatened to kill him because he was tired of dealing with the situation.

After the letter carrier reported the incident to law enforcement, officers went to McFarland's home where they say they found him outside the residence with a knife that matched the description given by the mailman.

When officers asked McFarland to come speak with them, they say he laid the knife on a chair.

He told them he had the knife when the mail carrier was there, but he denied that he threatened the man.

McFarland was then arrested. He is being held in the Adair County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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