Police are seeking a suspect they allege threatened several officers with a running chainsaw after a fight.
West Greenwich Police Chief Richard Ramsey says police responded Tuesday around 7:20 p.m. to 234 Plain Meeting House Rd. for a report of a disturbance. After police tried to arrest two men, they say 38-year-old James Matteson ran out of a garage carrying a running chainsaw.
Ramsey says officers held Matteson at bay until dropped the saw and ran into the woods. Police were not able to locate him.
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Ramsay said that when found, Matteson will be charged with felony assault on uniformed police officers. He also has two outstanding warrants, for failure to appear on a suspended license charge, and felony arson of a vehicle.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 401-397-7191.