Elkton man charged in ma­chete-re­lated as­sault

Cecil Whig - - CRIME - By CARL HAMILTON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

ELKTON — A man is fac­ing as­sault charges af­ter he al­legedly threat­ened to chop up a woman in­side an Elkton res­i­dence and then armed him­self with a ma­chete, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied Robert A. Ris­setto, 30, of Elkton, as the sus­pect.

Of­fi­cer U. De­mond of the Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment re­sponded to the 100 block of But­ton­woods Road at ap­prox­i­mately noon on Tues­day, af­ter a woman went to EPD’s head­quar­ters and re­ported that Ris­setto had been “swing­ing a ma­chete around and de­stroy­ing” her home, po­lice said.

Once at that res­i­dence, the of­fi­cer lo­cated Ris­setto in the liv­ing room and ar­rested him, po­lice added.

The woman told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she and Ris­setto had been ar­gu­ing about money ear­lier that morn­ing, court records show. Then, at ap­prox­i­mately 11 a.m., she went down to the base­ment, which is a “com­mon area” in­side that res­i­dence, be­cause she heard com­mo­tion com­ing from that part of the home, ac­cord­ing to court records.

“(Ris­setto) then shouted at her and stated, ‘(Ex­ple­tive) you (ex­ple­tive), that was my money. I’m gonna kill you; I’m gonna chop you up’,” court records al­lege.

At that point, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, Ris­setto grabbed a ma­chete ly­ing on the base­ment floor and “started chop­ping the handrail to the base­ment steps, get­ting closer and closer to (the woman).”

To avoid be­ing struck by the ma­chete, the woman re­treated up the steps, po­lice said. Ris­setto sud­denly threw the ma­chete on the floor, and the woman “was able to es­cape,” po­lice added.

Ris­setto is charged with first-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ac­cord­ing to court records, which list Oct. 21 as the date for his pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

Af­ter spend­ing one night in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion with­out bond, Ris­setto is free on $5,000 bail that was posted on Wed­nes­day, court records show.

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