Machete Attack Suspect Captured

Published 09/04 2014 04:13PM

Updated 09/06 2014 06:39PM

Paradise Township, Monroe County - Paul Brown, who is accused of attacking his wife and son in the Poconos with a machete, is in police custody.

"I was happy because I saw on the news this morning that they hadn't caught him yet," Denise Thompson, said.

There was a sense of relief Saturday for Denise Thompson and a number of people in the Poconos after they learned 47-year-old Paul Brown had been taken into custody.

"We didn't know where he could be," Thompson told Eyewitness News. "And if he was going to do something to someone else. He didn't sound like he was very stable."

On Wednesday police surrounded the house at 426 Northampton Road in Coolbaugh Township searching for Brown. That's where they say Brown attacked his wife, Dianna, with a machete cutting off her finger and slashed his 19-year-old son, Matthew, several times.

On Thursday, a day after the attack, some of Brown's relative's made a plea for him to turn himself in.

"Paul, if you hear my voice, me your mother-in-law, please turn yourself in Paul," Valerie Meikle, Brown's mother-in-law, said.

On Satuday morning, just after 11 a.m. police arrested Brown.

According to investigators, two fishermen spotted brown in the woods off Devil's Hole Road in Paradise township.

Karl Kerber, who lives on Devil's Hole Road, saw police travel up and down the road.

"I didn't know it was about that," he said referring to Brown's arrest.

Kerber said neighbors feared that Brown could attack someone again. So Kerber said it's a relief that Brown is no longer on the run.

"Knowing that the authorities got him I feel much more comfortable," he said.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday Brown was still waiting arraignment because he had to be taken to the hospital for a treatment of an unspecified medical condition.

Brown faces attempted homicide charges among other counts.

Eyewitness News stopped by Brown's family on Saturday. They declined to comment on camera, but mentioned they were happy about the arrest.

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