An Iola man was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he threatened a teenager with a machete and stole his bicycle.

According to Bryan police, around 5:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the intersection of South Texas and Hensel avenues after a witness reported a shirtless man with a machete chasing someone. The officer arrived and immediately spotted Heriberto Ariza Jr., 48, walking northbound without a shirt and wearing a sheathed machete on his leg. He was taken into custody.

Authorities spoke with a 19-year-old who said he was sitting on his bicycle waiting to cross when Ariza began shouting at him and waving the machete. The victim told police he got off the bike and grabbed a broken piece of pipe to defend himself, and Ariza took off on the bike before getting off of it when he heard sirens, authorities said.

Ariza is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. He remains in the Brazos County Jail on $19,000 bond.

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