Boston Police report an angry drug dealer with a machete in one hand and an axe in the other advanced on a group of teens on Temple Place as he challenged them to fight Monday afternoon.
Israel Silva, 51, of Roxbury, was arrested by officers who were conducting a drug investigation about 20 feet away but who broke away from that when they heard the sort of commotion that arises when a guy spoiling for a fight, with blades in both hands, goes after a group of scared teenagers, police say.
"The officers confronted the suspect and were able to successfully de-escalate the situation and place the suspect in handcuffs," police say, adding that, unlike the machete, the axe was "small."
In addition to the weapons, the officers found Silva was packing 30 individual packages of K-2 synthetic marijuana, 16 suboxone strips and a small digital scale, police say.
He was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, possession of a Class C drug with intent to distribute, and disorderly conduct, police say.