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Man attacks neighbor with chainsaw in Washington Heights

Preston Smith, 55, was drinking with his neighbor in his backyard in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the city’s South Side.

At some point, the men got into an argument, and the neighbor reportedly lost his temper and attacked Smith with the chainsaw.

The chainsaw injured Smith’s fingers on his left hand, and also damaged his car.

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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.”

Charges have been filed against the man who police say attacked his neighbor with a chainsaw.

Anthony Metcalf, 50, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Preston Smith, 55, was drinking with Metcalf in his backyard in Washington Heights on Tuesday night.

Police say at some point, the men got into an argument and Metcalf reportedly lost his temper and attacked Smith with the chainsaw.

The chainsaw injured smith’s fingers on his left hand and also damaged his car.

Smith had surgery on Wednesday and will be discharged from the hospital today.

Neighbors say Metcalf and Smith have been friends for 40 years.

Metcalf is expected to appear in bond court today.

A 50-year-old man is in custody after a violent chainsaw attack in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

55-year old Preston Smith was drinking with his neighbor in his backyard on 103rd Street on Tuesday night.

At some point, the men got into an argument, and the neighbor reportedly lost his temper and attacked smith with the chainsaw.

The chainsaw injured Smith’s fingers on his left hand, and also damaged his car.

Smith underwent surgery Wednesday.

His condition is not clear at this time.

An altercation between two neighbors in Chicago’s Washington Heights led to one man being attacked with a chainsaw early this morning.
Mildred Smith says her son, 55-year-old Preston Smith  was drinking late last night in the backyard with his best friend and neighbor. She says the two men got into a bad argument.  Just before 2 a.m., she says the neighbor, a 51-year-old man, lost his temper and fired up a chainsaw.

Smith’s mother says she isn’t sure what sparked the outrage.

Smith apparently tried to drive away when the neighbor came after him with the chainsaw cutting into the fingers of Smith’s left hand and damaging his car as well.

Smith remains in the hospital in fair condition.  Doctors are trying to save his fingers.

No one has been arrested.

An altercation between two neighbors in Washington Heights led to one man being attacked with a chainsaw.

It happened at 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of West 103rd.

Preston Smith, 55, and his neighbor were drinking together in a backyard.

They apparently got into an argument, and the neighbor attacked the man with the chainsaw injuring the man’s fingers.

He was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition; doctors are hoping to save his fingers.

The neighbor is not in custody.

Smith’s mother told WGN the men were best friends and neighbors for 40 years.

Police have not said who or what started the fight.

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