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Man with machete wanted for threatening woman

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By Chris Sardelli

Police are still searching for a Lancaster man wanted for threatening a woman with a large machete inside her home earlier this month. 

An arrest warrant was issued July 13 for Robert Earl Cunningham, 49, for the charge of  criminal domestic violence high and aggravated, though he had not been arrested by Friday, July 26, according to Lancaster Municipal Court records. 

The search began shortly after officers responded to a home along Westgate Circle at 11:55 a.m. July 13 about a report of someone threatening a woman with a knife, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

A woman told police at the scene that Cunningham had been at her house arguing with her only minutes earlier. 

During the argument, Cunningham allegedly pulled out a machete and cut several items in her bedroom and kitchen, the report said. 

“Cunningham then took the machete and, holding it to (her) throat, told her that he would ‘cut her the same way I did your bedroom set,’” an officer wrote in the report. “Cunningham pointed to the bedroom and told (her) ‘that could have been you.’”

The victim told officers Cunningham then took her house phone so she couldn’t call 911, though she was able to use a cell phone she concealed in her clothing to call police, the report said. 

She was then able to escape and ran outside through her backyard. 

The victim told officers Cunningham got a ride from the area and was heading toward Pardue Street.

Police canvassed the area, searching for Cunningham, but could not find him, the report said.

Officers later issued a warrant for the assault charge and are still looking for him, per court records. 

If you know anything about the alleged assault, call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313 or the LP Department’s  anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.