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Woman defends son-in-law accused of chasing daughter with machete in West Deer



WEST DEER, Pa. - Police said an intoxicated West Deer man chased his wife with a machete earlier this week while on a "drunken rampage."

Chris Gilley said her son-in-law, 37-year-old Jack Machak,  was drunk and angry but didn't mean any harm.

"He just got drunk and got out of control," Gilley said.

Gilley spoke to Channel 11's Jodine Costanzo on Thursday. She said Machak lives in a garage at her Shoaf Street home with her daughter. She said Machak was on an "all day drinking binge" when things got out of control.

Gilley said Machak was at a local bar and ordered food, but was kicked out before the food was served.

"When he got home they didn't have all the food. He went back down and they didn't give him the food, so he was out $6 and it made him mad," Gilley said.

Gilley said her daughter was trying to control him and she got scared and called police when he became enraged.

"I'm the one that got scared and called the cops. She was trying to control him and he wasn't paying attention," said Gilley.

According to police, Machak's wife claimed that he chased her with a machete during the ordeal. But Gilley said that's not what happened.

"Yeah he had (a machete) but he wasn't chasing anybody. He was going to go slice someone's tires," Gilley said. "He was drunk and didn't know what he was doing."

A short time later police were again called to the home. Police said Machak was throwing tools against the garage door. Investigators said they confiscated the machete and gun and took him into custody.

Machak faces several charges, including aggravated assault.