St Marys Man Wanted on Assault Charges Involving a Chainsaw

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - A 30-year-old man is accused of assaulting a woman at a remote Alaska village and chasing her with a chainsaw, machete, and firearm.

    Soldotna radio station KSRM reports that an arrest warrant has been issued for Russell Cornelius of St. Marys who is charged with assault.

    Alaska State Troopers say Cornelius punched the 30-year-old woman and threatened her with a machete and firearm at the home the two shared.

    According to troopers, the woman then left in a vehicle with a 28-year-old woman. Troopers say Cornelius chased the women down the road in an all-terrain vehicle, while threatening them with a chainsaw. Cornelius then fled the area.

    Troopers have been unable to find Cornelius after being notified of the incident on November 1st. An arrest warrant has been issued with a bail set at $5,000. 

    St. Marys is a Yup'ik Eskimo village about 450 miles west of Anchorage.

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