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Manzo is facing one count of disorderly conduct.

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A man was arrested after police said he threatened a woman with a hatchet for having her car's headlights on at night on Friday.

Police said Francis Manzo approached a woman inside her car and started yelling at her, calling her a racial slur and that she needed to turn her headlights off or "blood would be splattered."

While he was yelling, he then displayed a hatchet from behind his back, according to court paperwork.

Manzo then went back into his apartment.

Police showed up to Manzo's apartment, and he told them he apologized to the woman and left a note on her car, officers said. He said he brought the hatchet out because "he felt intimidated," court documents said.

When police asked him why he confronted the woman about the headlights instead of closing the blinds, he replied, "because I am an idiot," according to court paperwork.

Police said Manzo resisted arrested while handcuffs were put on him, but he was eventually taken into custody.

His daughter was also there and eventually detained for obstruction, police said.

Manzo is facing one count of disorderly conduct, a class six felony.


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