by Emily Waldrep
Deputy Casey Whitworth was called on a report of a male subject walking with a machete on County Road 3050 in Doucette on June 14.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the man had threatened five children who were walking on the road, trying to get to Vacation Bible School at the Christ Holy Temple Church. The man reportedly ran toward the children with the machete and said, "I'm going to get you."
"They were scared to death," said Phil Ryan of the Tyler County Sheriff's Office. "A passerby had gotten the kids loaded in a car, and the man even scared that person."
Once deputies arrived on scene they found the man still walking along the road with the machete and identified him as Earl Barlow Jr, 41, of Doucette.
After checking him for additional weapons, deputies found a substance thought to be crack cocaine and two additional knives.
He was charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
"This is why our officers are out working these narcotics in such a hard manner everyday and fighting this fight," said Weatherford. "We've got people during daylight hours and are being effected by what drugs are doing to these people. This man was obvisouly under the influence of some type of narcotic. That just solidifies what we've been talking about all along. We know we have a problem here in Tyler County and we are going to fight it every day but we need the help of the citizens to report any suspicious activity or narcotic sales."
You can now report suspected narcotic use online, at www.tylercountysheriff.com and click "report narcotics."