Man Threatened Girlfriend with Ax: Cops

Peter Phaneuf 1200
West Haven Police

West Haven police have arrested a 54-year-old man who is accused of chasing his girlfriend with an ax and threatening to kill her because he thought she stole money from him. 

Police responded to a home on Church Street just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday after getting several calls about a man chasing a woman with an ax.

When police got to the house, Peter Phaneuf, 54, of Church Street in West Haven, was walking toward the door with an ax in his hand, police said.

Police disarmed Phaneuf and learned that he had been arguing with his girlfriend and another man over money, police said.  

All three people were intoxicated and the woman told police Phaneuf accused her of stealing money, swung the ax at her and threatened to kill her, police said.

The other man told police the same thing.

Phaneuf was arrested, charged with two counts of second-degree threatening, and one count each of first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peach and interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.

He was held on $10,000 bond and is due in court today.

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