Police: Man attacked couple with machete in Davenport home Saturday

Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 6:43 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - A Davenport man is behind bars after police say he attacked a couple with a machete in their home Saturday night and kicked in the door of another home.

Martin Jeffrey Georgi, 38, was booked into the Scott County Jail on two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of willful injury causing serious injury, one count of willful injury causing bodily harm, one count of interference with official acts-dangerous weapon, two counts of going armed with intent, four counts of assault while displaying a weapon.

The most serious charge, first-degree burglary, is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Bond was set Sunday at $85,000 cash or surety. He has a preliminary hearing Oct. 28.

According to arrest affidavits:

Davenport police were dispatched just before 6 p.m. Saturday to the 2700 block of Washington Street for a report of a person armed with a machete.

Police learned Georgi knocked on the door of a home and hit a woman on the left side of her head when she answered the door.

The woman tried to pull the door shut, but he pulled it back open. She then tried to go around Georgi to get away. He was carrying a machete, and, as the woman tried to go around him, swung it at her.

The woman saw him swinging his arms at her and put her right arm and hand over her head to protect herself.

The machete hit the webbing between the woman’s right thumb and pointer finger, causing a severe laceration. Georgi then went inside the home and struck the woman’s boyfriend once on his left forearm and once on the upper backside of his right arm with the machete.

Georgi had no reason or right for being at the residence.

He also kicked in the door of a home in the 1500 block of West Garfield Street while still armed with the machete. He walked towards a resident who fled to an adjacent bedroom. The incident was partially captured on security cameras at home.

Officers told Georgi several times to get on the ground and drop the machete, but he continued to walk through the neighborhood while displaying it in his right hand, according to the affidavits.

According to the affidavits, Georgi brandished a machete towards several people that were sitting in their front yard.

Police said in a media release they launched 40mm baton rounds and utilized a stun gun to subdue Georgi. Police said Georgi also was armed with a hatchet and a hammer, but believe a machete was used in the incident involving the couple.

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