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Deputies: Bystanders stop knife-wielding suspect chasing child in NC park

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Michael Ray Driver (Source: JCSO) Michael Ray Driver (Source: JCSO)
SYLVA, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said a man is in custody after he was accused of a chasing a young child with a knife.

Deputies said on May 27 they were called to Mark Watson Park where a group of bystanders were physically detaining the suspect.

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Michael Ray Driver. Deputies said he was seen by several witnesses chasing a 7-year-old child through the park with a knife.

Several adults including the victim's father held Driver on the ground until deputies got on scene.

Investigators said they recovered a knife during the incident.

Driver was arrested and charged with intoxicated and disruptive, simple assault, assault on a child under 17 and going armed to the terror of people.

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