MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel police say a man arrested early Sunday morning “lurking in the shadows” of a residential neighborhood was armed with a battle ax and a throwing star and intended to protect a female friend.
When Mount Carmel Police Department Lt. Kevin Ewing made contact with Randall Troy Smith, 43, 309 Kaywood Ave., about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, he was in the back yard of a residence about two blocks from his home.
Smith was wearing a black jumpsuit and a black toboggan, and the 2Â½-foot-long double-edged battle ax was leaning against a nearby porch, Ewing said.
Smith told the officer that a female friend who was staying with him had walked to her estranged husband’s residence to discuss a child custody matter. Smith reportedly admitted to following the woman, attempting to remain unseen, so he could protect her should the husband become a threat.
“He was shadowing her, not making his presence known, and stood behind a bush holding the battle ax while they were discussing their domestic problems,” Ewing said.
Initially Ewing was dispatched to the 400 block of Bay Street on separate complaints of a man with a gun and a man armed with a battle ax.
Ewing found Smith in the back yard of a residence at 438 Bay St. and ordered him to the ground for a “pat down.” The search revealed Smith to be in possession of a metal throwing star in his right rear pocket, and the ax was found a few feet away, Ewing said.
Apparently the woman and her husband left in a vehicle, and Smith became involved in an argument with the husband’s brother, who’d reportedly threatened to shoot Smith.
Smith had called 911 regarding the shooting threat, and the brother had called 911 regarding Smith carrying the battle ax, said Ewing. The brother was not armed and was not charged, Ewing added.
“It was a medieval looking battle ax about 2Â½ feet long, and it could actually chop your head off,” Ewing said. “He said he had it to protect the female.”
Smith was charged with going armed and illegal possession of a weapon and was released from the Hawkins County Jail about noon Sunday. Smith is scheduled for arraignment in sessions court on June 6.