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Repeat Offender Akil Gumbs Charged After Attacking St. John Man With Chainsaw

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CRUZ BAY — A St. John repeat violent offender was arrested on Monday for allegedly attacking another man with a chainsaw, authorities said.

Akil Felix Gumbs, 37, of Calabash Boom, was charged with petty larceny and using a dangerous weapon.

Police say that at 4:44 p.m. on Saturday June 30 a man went to Gumbs’ residence to pay him for work that was completed and to retrieve his power tool.

“The victim told police that Gumbs refused to accept the amount of money and demanded to be paid more while cursing him,” a police source said.

During the verbal argument, the victim said he asked Gumbs for the Ryobi power saw he loaned him. The verbal disagreement escalated into a fight with Gumbs.

The victim also told police that Gumbs attempted to cut him with the power saw, but he was able to flee.

“The victim said he fled the area and the suspect continued chasing after him with a metal pipe,” the source said.

After the escape, the man said he went to a nearby store and called 911 for assistance. He later declined medical treatment for minor injuries.

After failing to pay bail set at $35,000.00, Gumbs was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending further court action.

Gumbs was also arrested in November 2016 and charged in a St. John stabbing incident.

He was also arrested in February of 2012 in connection with alleged having 18 marijuana plants on his Calabash Boom front porch and having 13 dime bags of crack cocaine in his possession.

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