Alert officers tail fast-moving, ‘very angry’ man on foot; foil alleged meat cleaver attack
MANCHESTER — When officers on patrol in the area of Lake Avenue and Union Street Saturday morning first spotted the young man, he appeared to be a man on a mission, walking down Union Street at a fast pace with his hood up and wearing “a very angry” expression, police said.
So the officers kept an eye on him, following at a distance while radioing other officers to keep him in sight just in case.
The officers also noticed the man allegedly had a “flat cardboard envelope” in his pocket, from which a “tan colored handle” was protruding, police said.
The man, later identified as Abishek Rasaily, a 21-year-old Manchester resident, “appeared to be following someone … on occasion he would get off the sidewalk and stand behind a building or a car and peer out,” police said.
When he reached the area of 385 Union St., police said, Rasaily allegedly pulled a large meat cleaver from his sweatshirt “and started swinging it” at another person.
The person, police said, was able to avoid being struck as he ran into a nearby building.
Officers by then had closed in and ordered Rasaily to drop the cleaver. He eventually complied, police said, and officers were able to take him into custody and secure the weapon.
Due to the serious nature of the allegations, officers charged Rasaily with attempted murder, as well as breach of bail, police said.
Police didn’t say whether Rasaily was ordered held on bail or was given other bail orders.
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