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Raleigh man charged with spitting on deputy after machete attack

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A 39-year-old Raleigh man has been charged with spitting on a Wake County sheriff’s deputy after being arrested in a machete attack, arrest warrants said.

Roy Richardson, whose Raleigh address was listed in court records both as 514 Banks St. and “anywhere,” was jailed with his bail set at $50,000.

He was first charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill on Thursday after attacking Phillip Dockery with a machete at a house in Willow Spring, warrants said.

On Friday, he was further charged with assault on a government official and malicious conduct by a prisoner after kicking Deputy Matthew Sedell in the leg and spitting on him, warrants said.

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Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.
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