A Worcester man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening another driver with a machete during a road-rage dispute.


Aldo Rivera, 41, was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime (murder), police said.


Rivera denied threatening the man with a machete, but acknowledged there was one in his car, police said. He then pulled the weapon from under the floor mat where his 13-year-old daughter was sitting. His 17-year-old son was also in the car.


The victim told police that Rivera tried to pass him as he slowed down near a junior high school that was releasing its students, prompting an altercation.


“The two operators exchanged hand gestures and profanities towards one another,” according to the Worcester police report.


Rivera allegedly began tailgating the victim, who pulled over to the side of the road to allow him to pass. Instead, Rivera got out of the car, went to his trunk and pulled out the machete, threatening the victim with it, police said. He then punched the victim in the side of the face.

Rivera was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, but the outcome of his hearing was not immediately available.