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Worcester man arrested for threatening city worker with switchblade during ticket dispute

A Worcester man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening a city employee with a switchblade as the worker was ticketing the man’s illegally parked car, Worcester police said.

Police were called to the Worcester Department of Public Works Parking Enforcement Office, at 20 East Worcester St., around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday after an employee there reported a past assault, police said. A DPW parking enforcement officer told police he was threatened earlier that day.

The DPW officer said he noticed a blue BMW parked in a “no parking” zone on Walnut Street and asked the man in the driver’s seat to move the car.

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The man, later identified as Clevon Turner, 27, of Worcester, said he was waiting for someone and refused to move. As the DPW officer began typing Turner’s vehicle information into a hand-held computer to issue a ticket, Turner “became irate and said that things were about to get violent,” police said.

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Turner then exited the car, took out a black switchblade with the blade exposed, and began walking toward the DPW officer while pointing the knife toward the officer in “an aggressive way,” police said. Turner then asked, “You gonna tow my car now?” and threatened and taunted the worker before driving away, police said.

The DPW officer was not injured in the confrontation.

Police then issued a “be on the lookout” alert for Turner and the BMW, and an officer saw the car near The Hanover Insurance Group Inc., at 440 Lincoln St., and stopped it.

The officer observed a black knife clipped to Turner’s belt, and the DPW employee was called to the scene. He identified Turner, who was placed under arrest.

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Turner was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness, and will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globe_Thompson.