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Trial set over chainsaw incident

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A Roswell man indicted for threatening two women with a chainsaw is scheduled for a jury trial Friday.
Miguel Carrasco, 46, has entered pleas of not guilty to two fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charges arise from an incident in February 2016.
A jury trial before Judge Kea Riggs of Fifth Judicial District Court of Chaves County in Roswell is set for Friday morning. Several previous trial dates in 2016 and in 2017 were rescheduled.
According to a criminal complaint, Roswell Police Department officers state that Carrasco hosted a party Feb. 22, 2016, attended by several people, including two women and a man who was staying at Carrasco’s residence. The women told police that they were drinking beer, singing karaoke and talking when they decided to leave the room where Carrasco was and join the other man in a different room.
While talking with the other man, the women allegedly told a police officer, they heard the sound of a chainsaw being powered up. Carrasco then entered the room and allegedly began pointing and then thrusting the chainsaw at the women’s feet and stomachs and, according to one of the women, chasing them around a kitchen table as they tried to leave the residence.
The women were able to escape Carrasco’s home, the report indicates, but police allege that they said that they had been in fear of being hurt or possibly losing their lives during the incident. Police indicated that they later found a chainsaw in Carrasco’s home during a search of the premises.
The public defender representing Carrasco did not respond for comment by press time.
According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Carrasco on March 3, 2016, and a Chaves County grand jury indictment against him was handed down a few weeks later on March 31. Carrasco was incarcerated for a time, but released after posting a $10,000 bond, court records indicate.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.