Man describes encounter with sword-wielding suspect at Raytown gas station

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Charges are filed against a man whom prosecutors say wielded swords at innocent bystanders, led police on a chase, and ultimately ran a U-Haul into a Raytown church.

Phillip Perkins is charged with assault and endangering four children after allegedly displaying swords, crashing a U-Haul through a Raytown church.

Phillip Perkins is charged with assault and endangering four children after allegedly displaying swords, crashing a U-Haul through a Raytown church.

Prosecutors say Phillip D. Perkins is to blame for the actions that frightened several people throughout Raytown, including one man who says he was confronted by Perkins at his gas station.

Chad Jackson says a little after 4 on Thursday morning, he went to his neighborhood gas station for cigarettes, but instead, he says he was threatened.

"This dude with a red hat and a black bandanna came charging at me with two samurais, he threw one right around pump one," said Jackson.

Jackson said the man, who prosecutors allege was Phillip Perkins, asked him about God.

"He asked me if I believed in God, in Jesus, if my sins were forgiven, you know," said Jackson.

Jackson claims Perkins touched him with the sword on his neck- Jackson feared he wouldn't make it out of the confrontation alive.

"I looked into his eyes and I saw nothing but scary, vengeance, you know… Well I'll honestly tell you it scared me to death," said Jackson.

Jackson says it just took him talking to Perkins to eventually get him out of the situation, then he says he drove to the Raytown Police Department.

"It probably would have ended up bad," said Jackson.

Jackson says he didn't realize there were four children and one woman inside the U-Haul truck at the time.  Police say it didn't appear that anyone in the truck was there against their will.  Perkins is charged with multiple felonies.