Police: Man arrested after chasing car with knife

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AUSTIN (POLICE) — One man was arrested on Saturday after victims say he threatened them with a knife and chased their car.

Marvin Cortez, 32, has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a 2nd Degree Felony.

According to an Austin Police Department arrest affidavit an APD officer was dispatched to the 830 block of Fairfield Drive on Saturday for a hotshot call, with the caller stating that a man was threatening his wife with a folding knife.

When the officer arrived on scene he spoke with the caller who identified the suspect at the scene. The caller told the officer that they were driving to an apartment complex when they noticed Cortez walking in the middle of the road, who they drove around. After visiting a family member’s apartment they returned to their car to find Cortez taking photos of the vehicle.

After a brief argument the caller and his wife entered their car as Cortez walked away. As they were sitting Cortez returned to the scene holding a knife and yelling at the wife to get out of the car, before making stabbing motions at the car and trying to open the passenger door.

The couple then began to drive away and call police they noticed Cortez running after their car. As they reached the entrance of the parking lot they noticed the responding officer arriving on scene, who they then identified Cortez to and explained what had happened.

Cortez, who identified himself as Marvin Guzman, told police that the couple had almost hit him as they drove by. He then went to take photos of the car when they returned and began arguing for a moment.

After questioning Cortez about his history and finding no records of a Marvin Guzman, Cortez finally admitted his real name to the officer and did not answer to why he lied about his name. Cortez then stated that he had brought a rock, not a knife, to the vehicle, and that he had been returning from the grocery store when the car almost hit him.

Officers then spoke to the couple again, after which they questioned Cortez about his grocery story as he did not have a wallet or other items on his person at the time. After more questions the officer claimed Cortez became frantic and uncooperative before finally saying “JUST TAKE ME”, and that he did not want to talk anymore.

According to APD Cortez had previously been arrested in 2014 for assaulting someone with a box cutter knife.

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