Man Arrested in Arkansas Chainsaw Attack

HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark. (KARK) -- Word of a chainsaw attack spreads through the area. 

Used items for sale line the walls of a flea market in Malvern. But, news of this used item for sale is sending shockwaves through town.

A woman at the front of the store reads a headline in the local newspaper that reads: 'chainsaw attack.'

"This is the first I've seen," she says.

Robert Shawn Mitchell remains in the Hot Spring County Jail. He's accused of attacking a woman with a chainsaw.

 "You don't hear of somebody attacking someone with a chainsaw very often," Hot Spring County Sheriff Mike Cash said.

Cash said it happened at a home off Arkansas 51 over the weekend.

Calls to 911 revealed the real-life horror. KARK obtained audio of the calls from the county judge.

Dispatcher: "911, what's your emergency?"
Woman: "I had someone here that had a chainsaw, and he went after my friend."

Woman: "He's got a chainsaw. Please hurry."

Dispatcher: "Did he assault someone with a chainsaw?"
Woman: "[Crying] Yes."

Authorities said Mitchell told detectives he was just trying to scare the woman.

She suffered a cut on her wrist. Mitchell blamed the injury on broken furniture.

Cash said Mitchell was out on parole after serving nearly eight years for going after his ex-wife with a chainsaw in Garland County.

"Well, he's in jail now," Cash said. "And, he probably won't get out."

The story still doesn't make sense to people in town.

 "Ah, it's just unbelievable," one man at the flea market said.

Now he's shopping for safety.

"Yeah. Maybe start carrying a gun," the man said.

Mitchell faces a charge of aggravated assault, according to investigators.


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