Tourist threatens Dogtown resident with machete because he complained about dog feces on his property

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By: Wayne Morin

A tourist who was angry that a resident complained about dog feces, pulled out a machete and swung it around, police in California said.

West Marin police have arrested 31-year-old Jordon Ryan Turner of Bay Minette, Alabama, after being accused of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the dispute over dog feces in Dogtown.

Turner was booked into the Marin County Jail, and his bail was set at $50,000.

According to the police investigation, around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, a group of tourists traveling with two cars stopped along Highway 1, and one of the drivers let his dog out.

When the dog defecated, a resident went over to them to complain, and there was a discussion. Turner, the driver of one of the cars, pulled out a machete and swung it around.

The resident backed away and called the police while the tourists went to a nearby beach. The resident was able to provide police with a description of the car and license plate number.

Police later found Turner at the beach. Turner admitted to being involved in the incident, but said he pulled the machete because he feared for his safety.

He told officers that he let the dog out of the car because it looked sick.