JPD: Man threatened to 'cut someone in half' with chainsaw

Michael Finley (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Michael Finley (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-- A Jonesboro man was scheduled to appear before a judge Monday afternoon to answer charges he threatened to cut another man in half with a chainsaw.

Michael Eugene Finley, 42, is charged with felony aggravated assault stemming from an incident early Sunday morning.

According to the initial police report, around 2:15 a.m. officers were dispatched to the 500-block of West Forrest St. in reference to a disturbance with weapons.

A witness told police Finley, who had been drinking "a large amount of alcohol," was upset about another man being at the house.

She said Finley went outside and started a chainsaw.

Finley began revving the chainsaw and waving it around while saying he was "going to cut someone in half," the witness told officers.

The victim saw Finley waving the chainsaw around in the air and went outside, according to the report.

When Finley came after the man with the chainsaw, the victim ran back into the house.

Officers arrested Finley and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

Police also cited Anthony Koch with obstruction of governmental operations after he refused to let officers in to the home to arrest Finley.  He was left in the custody of the CCDC in lieu of a $525 surety bond.

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