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Man arrested in South Superior could face more charges

Anthony Machones

A man arrested Monday night in South Superior is being investigated for what Carlton County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota called terrorist threats and kidnapping.

According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office:

A 26-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl, sisters, reported they had been picked up and threatened by Anthony John Machones, 29, of Superior.

Machones was the suspect caught following a pair of what Superior police described as high-speed chases into Superior from rural Douglas County on State Highway 35.

The woman stated she meet Machones at Black Bear Casino and spent most of the day with him Monday, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office.

Later in the afternoon, she and Machones returned to the casino to pick up the woman’s 10-year-old sister. Machones drove them to a residence in rural Douglas County.

The woman and the girl left the residence on foot after a verbal argument. As they were walking, Machones allegedly drove in front of them, blocking their path, and threatened them with physical violence if they did not get in his vehicle. Machones then drove the females back toward Black Bear Casino and allegedly retrieved a small axe from under his driver’s seat as he continued to verbally threaten the females with physical violence.

Machones had stopped at a gas station near the casino in Carlton, where the females were able to flag down a passing Fond du Lac police officer and report the incident.

Carlton County deputies found Machones at the residence in rural Douglas County, where he was allegedly uncooperative and left in a vehicle.

Douglas County deputies attempted to stop Machones, but he fled in his vehicle. Machones was ultimately stopped by Superior police officers deploying stop sticks on Tower Avenue and found Machones after he fled on foot at North 54th Street and Tower Avenue.

Machones was arrested by Douglas County deputies and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of resisting or obstructing an officer.

Numerous Superior police officers had been in South Superior on Monday night in connection another incident — an alleged pistol-whipping — that led to a chase. The suspect in the pistol-whipping incident managed to evade arrest after crashing his vehicle into a pole on North 63rd Street and fleeing on foot.

Superior police officers were aware of the allegations against Machones when they deployed the stop sticks that led to the arrest, according to Superior Police Department reports.

The investigation into the alleged crime against the woman and girl is ongoing between the Carlton and Douglas County sheriff’s offices, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office.

Machones remains in the Douglas County Jail, charged with fleeing an officer following his arrest.

No charges have been filed in connection with the alleged incident involving the unidentified woman and girl.