Man arrested after saw-wielding attack

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A man was arrested after allegedly attacking another man with a handsaw outside of a Crescent City liquor store Wednesday morning.

Police Corporal Jim Wright and Officer Eric Capon responded to a call about a man being attacked with a knife outside of Discount Liquor on 9th Street around 8 a.m., Police Chief Doug Plack said.

The officers made contact with Jason Clark Jr., 41, a transient who was the alleged attacker, and confiscated a 15-inch handsaw, Plack said.

Clark told the officers that a man threw coffee at his face, so he acted in self-defense by pulling the foldable saw from his jacket, Plack said.

Officers canvassed the area around the liquor store and found the victim, who explained his side of the story, Plack said.

The victim questioned Clark about $30 he apparently owed a mutual friend when Clark attacked him, Plack said.

The victim, who is also a transient, admitted to throwing coffee on Clark as he was being slashed at with the saw, Plack said.

A review of surveillance video showed Clark running at the victim, who was backpedaling, and attempting to slash at the victims face, Plack said.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

Reach Anthony Skeens at askeens@triplicate.com .

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