NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- William Early, 59, has been arrested and charged with attempted malicious wounding.

On Oct. 3 around 4:18 p.m., police say they responded to a residence in the 400 block of 49th street in reference to a person with a knife threatening neighbors.

The victim, a 52-year-old unidentified man, told police Early approached him as he exited his car and swung a knife at him multiple times. A family member of the victim witnessed the assault.

Early said the victim yelled insults at him when they arrived home at the same time.

Early denied having a knife.