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Roommate Breaks in With Axe, Attacks With Chainsaw

Jack Torrence, The Shining

Jack Torrence, The Shining

Pennsylvania man Guy Allen Black, 76, was sharing a home with Ronald Lee Tanner, but it seems that Tanner wanted him out. The report doesn’t say if the two men had discussed going their separate ways, but it does say that Tanner had the locks on his home changed to keep Black out. Black arrived to find that he could not get in the front door, so he found another way. Black reportedly broke in through a basement window, and then began hacking through an interior door with an axe, not unlike the character Jack in The Shining. Except that Black apparently was not able to get completely through the door using just the axe, so he allegedly finished the job with a chainsaw, which he then used to chase his former roommate around. Black allegedly chased Tanner outside swinging the chainsaw menacingly. Luckily for Tanner, when black caught up with him and tried to shred him with the saw, it got stuck on Tanner’s shirt and jammed. Tanner then pinned Black down with an umbrella. No one was hurt, but Black was arrested and is being held on $100,000 bail.

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