NAPLES, FL – Joseph Devalle, 54 is accused of threatening pickelball players with a machete at the Pelican Marsh Community Center in North Naples, Florida.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s arrest report, the victims and witnesses say Devalle aggressively approached the courts, yelling at them to leave while kicking and pushing chairs.

Devalle then reportedly returned to his vehicle and grabbed a machete before threatening the victims, saying he would “beat their ass.”

Devalle told deputies he felt threatened by the victims after they told him to ‘”make them leave,” so he grabbed the machete, being the “macho man that he is,” in an attempt to make them leave.

According to WINK News, William Nehrkorn, father of one of the pickleball players, said it seemed as if Devalle just snapped.

“All of a sudden, I heard the squealing of tires, and the person who tried to kill them with the machete came roaring into the parking lot,” Nehrkorn said. “He jumps out of his truck, and that was just so so scary because I don’t know what he would’ve had in his pocket. I was looking to see if he had anything in his hand to cause us harm with.”

Nehrkor also said that he intervened when he saw Devalle threatening his son.

According to responding deputies, Devalle smelled of alcohol when they arrived on scene. DeValle was arrested and faced three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.