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Man allegedly used chain saw to attack pal

Anthony Metcalf 50 1000 block W. 103rd St. has been charged with one count Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon.

Anthony Metcalf, 50, of the 1000 block of W. 103rd St., has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

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Updated: September 25, 2013 6:07AM



A Far South Side man charged with attacking his neighbor with a chain saw was acting in self-defense after the two friends got into a drunken argument over money, the alleged attacker’s lawyer said Friday.

Preston Smith and Cook County prosecutors said 50-year-old Anthony Metcalf cut Smith’s ear and fingers with the 14-inch mechanical saw while Smith sat in his car early Wednesday morning.

“I was sitting in my car. I was going to leave,” Smith said from his hospital bed at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn earlier this week.

“He came with the chain saw. He chain sawed my car, and then I pushed the door open to get him back. I got out so I could get away. He just started swiping at me, and he cut my hand.”

Metcalf damaged the side of Smith’s car, which was parked in an alley behind Metcalf’s home, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said. When Metcalf cut Smith’s ear with the chain saw, Smith put his hands up in defense and had his fingers injured, Antonietti.

Smith’s finger was dangling from his hand when medical personnel arrived and suffered tendon and nerve damage, according to court testimony.

When Metcalf was arrested near his home Wednesday, he allegedly told the arresting officers: “You got me. I couldn’t be locked up by two better cops.”

Metcalf’s attorney Michael Levinsohn conceded Friday that his client damaged the car with the chain saw but did not injure Smith until Smith brandished his own weapons.

Smith, 55, whipped out knives from his car’s trunk and went after Metcalf, who walked back to his yard in the 1000 block of West 103rd Street, Levinsohn contends.

That’s where Metcalf attacked Smith with the chain saw —but only because he felt threatened, Levinsohn said.

Metcalf’s relatives had cell phone footage that captured Smith when he exited the car without any injuries.

While Smith told reporters he didn’t know what prompted his friend of 40-plus years to lash out, Levinsohn said the two had argued over money Metcalf owed Smith.

“They’ve had arguments in the past but they are friends. This is something that happened as a result of the two of them drinking,” Levinsohn said after Metcalf was ordered held in lieu of $300,000 bail for aggravated battery.

Smith said he went to Metcalf’s house for a beer after he finished his shift as a city Streets and Sanitation driver Tuesday night.

“We were sitting back there,” Smith recalled. “He was just talking, just talking crap.”

“I think he got a little intoxicated — a lot intoxicated.”

Smith said he suspects his friend was depressed after losing a job as a car salesman.

Metcalf, who appeared in court with a white dress shirt and dark slacks Friday, currently does maintenance and handiwork in the neighborhood, Levinsohn said.

Metcalf’s relatives refused comment following the brief hearing.

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