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Potsdam swordsman picked up on violation of probation warrant

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POTSDAM — A Potsdam man charged with threatening to cut his uncle’s head off with a sword over the weekend was back in village court Tuesday evening after police picked him up on an alleged probation violation.

Village police on Monday charged Mohamed R. “Ray” Bourhouat, 25, of 37 Waverly St., Apt. 1, with second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and second-degree menacing with a weapon.

Police said Mr. Bourhouat turned himself in at 8:19 p.m. Monday. He was arraigned by acting Village Justice Margaret I. Garner and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. She ordered the Probation Department to conduct an alcohol evaluation. Mr. Bourhouat posted the bail at the jail and was released.

But he was picked up again Tuesday evening on violation of probation warrants issued by Village Court and St. Lawrence County Court.

Mr. Bourhouat was released on his own recognizance in June after pleading guilty to an aggravated driving while intoxicated count in Village Court that satisfied a driving while under the influence of drugs count pending in County Court.

He was arraigned by Village Justice Nicholas Pignone and sent to the jail with bail set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Police said the sword incident took place at 3:15 a.m. Sunday when Mr. Bourhouat arrived at 6 Berkley Drive armed with a sword and attempted to assault Alex Bennani.

Mr. Bennani reportedly attempted to take the sword away from Mr. Bourhouat and in the struggle suffered what police described as significant cuts to his fingers.

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