NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — A Norridgewock man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly threatening to harm an ex-girlfriend and her children with knives and using those knives to damage vehicles, a Somerset County Sheriff’s Office official said Monday.

Noah Weeks, 32, of Pine Street is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, as well as criminal mischief and assault, Chief Deputy James Ross said in a news release.

The series of incidents that led to Weeks’ arrest began about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when county emergency dispatchers received a report of a disturbance on Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock, Ross said.

As Cpl. David Cole made his way to the area, he learned that a man, later identified as Weeks, had returned and was now armed with several knives, one of which was described as a machete or sword. Maine State Police Trooper Andrew Hardy, who was in Norridgewock, also went to the area and was first on scene.

Witnesses said that before police arrived, Weeks had threatened people, including an ex-girlfriend and children who were at the scene, Ross said. Weeks allegedly said he would cut them up and kill them.

Weeks then allegedly struck the side of a vehicle with the machete or sword before smashing the rear window out of a woman’s car that was parked there by throwing the knives through it. Weeks also is accused of punching a man who was at the residence several times. Weeks fled on foot just before police arrived, Ross said.

Cole and Hardy were joined at the scene by Deputy Craig Dyer and state police Sgt. Peter Michaud, Trooper Hardy and Trooper John York. Trooper GJ Neagle also turned out with his tracking dog, Draco.

Neagle and Draco tracked Weeks to a residence on Mechanic Street in Norridgewock, where he was arrested without incident and then taken to Somerset County Jail, Ross said. All the knives were recovered at the scene.

Ross said Monday that the incident remains under investigation and that alcohol and a former domestic relationship are possible factors in the case.