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Police arrest man accused of chasing neighbor with sword in Manchester

August 21. 2013 11:43AM

MANCHESTER — A city man accused of chasing a neighbor with a machete or sword told a judge Wednesday that it wasn't real.

But 9th Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael told Derek Russell, who was in court on two felony criminal threatening charges, that fake weapons can scare people just like real ones. "No more fooling around with a weapon, real or imaginary," said Michael.

Russell, 38, of 319 Central St., is accused of chasing neighbor Antoine Rivers, 42, with what Rivers described as a machete. After breaking off the chase, Russell allegedly returned to where Rivers' girlfriend, Christina Delposso, 39, was standing. While pointing the weapon at her, he's accused of telling her: "Don't bring him back here again."

Police said there are disinterested witnesses to the chase.

Both Russell and Rivers told police there was a verbal exhange between them, but court documents show the men disagreed strongly about what was said.

Delposso told police that she and Rivers were arguing in a parking lot near Rivers' 314 Lake Ave. residence when the incident between the two men began.

Rivers said Russell began making racial comments from the rear porch at his 319 Central St. address.

Russell told police he didn't say anything racially offensive. He said Rivers was yelling at him and throwing rocks at the building.

Both men agreed the verbal exchange escalated, with a challenge to fight, but while Russell told police he retrieved the weapon to protect himself, he descended the stairs and began chasing Rivers with it.

After breaking off the pursuit when he reached the roadway on Lake Avenue, police said Russell returned to his residence, stopping to confront Delposso and warning her against letting Rivers return.

Police recovered a sword with a 36-inch blade and charged Russell with two felony criminal-threatening charges. Russell could enter no plea to the felony charges in circuit court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 5.

A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Russell, but Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with Rivers and Delposso.


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