A small business owner assaulted one of his employees with an axe, the Frederick News-Post reported.
Police charged Andrew Francis Scalera, 44, with first and second degree assault in the attack. Authorities said he used a decorative medieval style-axe.
The incident happened after midnight on Monday at Scalera's home in Frederick. Three employees were filling out work orders there for Scalera's painting business.
The victim told police that Scalera accused him of stealing quarters, and an argument ensued that escalated into violence.
From the News-Post:
When he (the victim) denied stealing the coins, he said Scalera became enraged and choked him.
The man told police he hit Scalera to free himself from his grip, and Scalera then went back to his bedroom and returned with the ax and came after the man, threatening to kill him, according to the documents.
The man told police he threatened to spray Scalera with pepper spray if he didn't back down, but Scalera struck him with the ax just as he was trying to spray him.
He said Scalera then tried to hit him again, but he moved out of the way, and Scalera broke the glass on a door.
Scalera was subsequently arrested.