Man accused of wielding chain saw during attempted break-in



By Debbie Bryce, For the Journal

POCATELLO — A 35-year-old Fort Hall man is facing multiple charges after he attempted to break into a residence while wielding a chain saw on Monday, authorities said.

Michael L. Jockumsen is charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of domestic assault, malicious injury to property and trespass.

Capt. Dan Argyle with the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a disturbance 13858 Hawthorne Road.

Jockumsen was allegedly banging on the door and revving up the chainsaw. He did not gain access to the residence, but he did break down a fence and break windows.

Argyle said Jockumsen was gone when officers arrived at the scene.

Officers with the Fort Hall Police Department located Jockumsen at about 11:30 p.m. and the suspect was taken into custody by Bannock County authorities.

A preliminary hearing in the felony case is scheduled on Feb. 27 and bond was set at $30,000.

Jockumsen’s previous criminal history includes convictions for attempted strangulation and battery in Bannock County

He remains incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail. A pre-trial conference for the misdemeanor charges is set for March 1.