Victim of South Side chainsaw attack speaks out, suspect charged

August 23, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Anthony Metcalf, Preston Smith's former friend, faces an aggravated battery charge for the chainsaw attack.

Metcalf is in jail on a $300,000 bond.

"I can't be friends with anybody who tried to kill me," said Preston Smith, victim of the chainsaw attack. "The friendship, or whatever, is over with, put it in justice hands and God's hands."

Rhonda Smith, the victim's wife, said she has seen the two argue over everything, like football teams and football players.

Smith said he was having drinks in Metcalf's backyard, in the 1000 block of West 103rd Wednesday morning, when words were exchanged.

"Words about some money he owed and, you know, then he kept getting irate with me," said Smith. "He came out of nowhere with the chainsaw and said, 'what have you got to say now,' I couldn't say anything, I was ducking for my life."

The argument, which led to the attack, was over $30.

Metcalf's attorney mentioned that there is cell phone video but declined to release that video.

"There were family members in the alley that took cell phone video of what happened, and it shows that what the state said happened did not happen that way," said Metcalf's attorney.

Dr. Gary Kronen, Smith's hand surgeon, said Smith has a good prognosis although his recovery will take months.

"I think a lot of it is going to depend on hard work he's going to need to do with his occupational therapy program afterwards," said Kronen. "Fortunately, his wife is an occupational therapist who can help him along with that."

Rhonda Smith said that although she will help Smith with therapy at home, he will also have his an outside therapist

"I'm very blessed that I didn't lose my hand....that he didn't hit me in the face or anywhere else," said Smith.

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