Preston Smith says he never saw it coming.
The South Side man who was attacked with a chainsaw by a longtime friend was released from a suburban hospital Friday but not before talking about it.
Smith’s neighbor and friend of 40 years, Anthony Metcalf is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Metcalf, 50, was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday afternoon.
At a news conference at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Smith said he had gotten off work Wednesday and stopped off at Metcalf’s house to drink a few beers.
He said Metcalf was already intoxicated when he got there and the two “had words” about $30 Metcalf had owed him.
Preston said when the argument escalated, he left for his car.
As he was putting the keys in the ignition, Metcalf came at him with a chainsaw.
Preston said he put his left hand up to protect his face when the chainsaw nearly severed his fingers.
Doctors say the injuries were extensive and required microsurgery.
Asked about his friendship with Metcalf, Preston said: “I don’t think I can be a friend with someone who tried to kill me.”