Man Barred from Thanksgiving Pulls Machete on Family: Cops Knife, baseball bats allegedly found in his van By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Dec 1, 2013 4:35 PM CST 18 comments Comments A man allegedly threatened a family after he and his son weren't allowed to join in Thanksgiving celebrations. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Authorities say a northern New Jersey man used a machete to threaten a family who excluded him and his son from their Thanksgiving Day celebrations. New Milford police tell NJ.com that 48-year-old Joseph Hoo, of Upper Montclair, was charged with weapons offenses and making terroristic threats. Police responding to the family's home at around 2 pm Thursday stopped a van leaving the residence. Police say Hoo and his 18-year-old son were in the vehicle, and officers soon found an 18-inch machete and two baseball bats inside the van. Hoo was released on his own recognizance but ordered to not have contact with the family.