A man accused of swinging a hatchet at a woman appeared Friday in court on a charge of felony assault with a weapon.
Ryan Edward Lowell, 27, also faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.
At about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Billings police responded to a reported disturbance in the 200 block of South 28th Street and found a man on the ground, later identified as Lowell, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, according to charging documents.
A woman reported that Lowell had spoken to a person on the phone and then became upset and said he wanted to “kill someone” with his new hatchet, court records say.
She said Lowell had tried to leave the residence, but she prevented him from doing so because she didn’t want him to drive, after which he pushed her to ground and swung a hatchet at her.
She said Lowell broke a chair during the fight and swung the hatchet at her, coming within inches of hitting her neck, court records say.
Lowell bragged about stealing the hatchet and a flashlight from a Wal-Mart store earlier in the evening, the woman reported to police.
Officers found the hatchet and a black flashlight at the residence, charging documents say.
Lowell was charged with felony assault on a minor last year, but court records indicate the case was dropped.
Judge Pro Tem Michele Sullivan set bond at $3,500 and ordered Lowell to appear in District Court for arraignment on Thursday.