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Man, 50, charged in Chicago chain saw attack

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 7:19 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — A 50-year-old Chicago man is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after authorities say he attacked his neighbor with a chain saw, nearly severing the man's fingers.

Anthony Metcalf is set to appear in bond court on Friday for the attack that took place shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Preston Smith was injured in the attack, which he says happened after he and Metcalf were drinking in a backyard. The two are longtime friends.

Smith told The Chicago Sun-Times after the attack that he didn't know what prompted his friend to lunge at him with a chain saw, but said the man was "a lot intoxicated."

Smith was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

It wasn't immediately clear if Metcalf had an attorney.

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