WESTFIELD, NJ — A parking dispute on South Avenue escalated when a man retrieved a machete from his pickup truck and threatened the employee of a local business, police said Monday.

The employee of a business in the Westfield Plaza Shopping Center told officers that he engaged in a parking dispute with the unknown man when that man retrieved the foot-long knife from the front seat of his gray Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, according to police. The truck had an unknown New York registration, police said.

“The suspect allegedly pointed the machete at the victim before placing it back on his front seat and leaving the area in his vehicle,” police said in a statement. “There is no further suspect information at this time.”

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The incident happened Nov. 20 at 7:55 p.m., police said. The police statement did not disclose the name of the business the employee worked at.

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