Man arrested for chainsaw attack

A Medford man was arrested on attempted assault and other charges after he reportedly attacked three women in a car with a chainsaw Saturday night.

David William Neil Stockton, 37, of the 1100 block of Murray Street, was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree disorderly conduct, two counts of harassment and three counts each of menacing and endangering another, Medford police said.

A woman called 9-1-1 at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday to report that Stockton had attacked her car with a running chainsaw. As the buzzing blade knocked out a window, one passenger had to duck to avoid injury, the woman and her friends told police.

Three women in the car told investigators they were going out to celebrate the birthday of the woman driving the car, Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

One of her friends helping her celebrate had dated Stockton. Although the couple had broken up, they were still trying to work things out and he called and asked them to stop by, the women told police.

His former girlfriend went inside to talk to him while the other two waited in the car. The past girlfriend found another woman inside and those two got into a discussion outside the home, Budreau said.

Stockton asked the women to leave, then revved up a chain saw and attacked the parked car with three of them inside it, police reports said.

The saw's blade dented and scraped the car's body down to metal and broke out the front passenger's side window, police report.

The passenger had to tuck her head between her knees to avoid the blade, and she was covered with broken glass. She escaped serious injury, but got a few small cuts on her hand, Budreau said.

When police went back to talk to Stockton, he wasn't home. They got a search warrant and seized the chainsaw on Sunday, then found Stockton at a friend's house on Angel Crest Drive late Sunday.

He appeared in court Monday to face the menacing, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment charges. Bail was set at $15,000. If he bails out, he is not to possess weapons, court records show. He can possess tools, but he is not to use any of them as weapons, the case file states.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485 or aburke@mailtribune.com.

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