At the end of the driveway, tucked in a garbage can, police uncovered the weapon: a blood-soaked chainsaw, they said.
Inside the Akron, Ohio, home on Tuesday night was the 52-year-old victim. He was sitting on the couch in his living room covered in blood when police arrived at 9 p.m., according to a police report.
On the victim’s hands, back and face police saw “several deep lacerations.” It was all the aftermath of a fight that started with his ex-roommate over $200 the victim owed — a fight that escalated when the ex-roommate and the ex-roommate’s girlfriend grabbed the victim’s chainsaw from the floor and started using it against him, he told police.
The couple have since been arrested on charges of burglary and assault, the Akron Beacon Journal reports, and were booked at the Summit County jail.
The confrontation started with a loud bang at his front door, the victim told police. Then, after another bang, the door swung open: It was his ex-roommate, 32-year-old William Mitchell, and the former roommate’s 23-year-old girlfriend, Aliyah M. Wiley, according to the police report.
The couple had come to demand money, the victim told police. But the victim told them he’d given Mitchell $40 earlier that week and wasn’t about to give more.
That’s when Mitchell punched the victim in the face, and he and the victim began to fight, the victim told police.
Soon the squabbling pair fell to the living room floor — right next to a chainsaw, the victim told police. Then the two started fighting to control the power tool, with Mitchell eventually gaining control of it, the victim told police.
And once Mitchell had the chainsaw, he started “to viciously hit [the victim] with the blades of the chainsaw,” according to the police report. As the victim tried to shield his body from the attack, the chainsaw tore into his his hands and arms, he said.
When the victim tried to escape out the front door, he tripped on the porch, he said — and was soon getting dragged back into the house by Mitchell and Wiley. At that point, Wiley, the girlfriend, grabbed the weapon and started to “viciously strike [him] in the back and legs with the blades,” the victim told police.
Finally, the victim was able to break free and run next door to his cousin’s home, he told police. But the cousin — seeing the victim standing in a pool of blood — wouldn’t answer the door, telling the victim “he wants no part of what he’s in,” the police report said.
The victim went back to his house and saw Wiley and Mitchell getting into their vehicle to leave, he told police.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
When police went to the hospital to interview the victim, though, they stumbled upon quite the coincidence: Mitchell was at the same hospital seeking treatment for a chainsaw wound he said he had sustained earlier, according to the police report.
Mitchell told police the man he had demanded money from was the person who started the fight by hitting him “upside the head with a chainsaw” out of nowhere, according to the police report. Then Mitchell took control of the weapon to defend himself, he told police.
Wiley denied being involved in the incident, according to the police report, explaining her bloody shirt and the “fresh scratch marks” on her arms as the result of helping her boyfriend get into the car. Wiley admitted to tossing the chainsaw in the garbage before leaving, police said.