Evidently, machetes are used in a number of attacks on any given day across America, as can be confirmed by a quick Google search. In one horrific instance this week, a man attacked his wife and son with a machete. Most of the attacks are precipitated by an altercation.
But this week, two instances of machete attacks are particularly troubling in that they were perpetrated by groups of people against innocent souls who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The first attack was allegedly conducted by gang members in Chicago, who attacked two brothers at the Brown Line Kedzie CTA station in the Albany Park neighborhood at around 12:00 am on Monday, as reported at the local ABC affiliate.
According to the report,
A 26-year-old Jefferson Park man and his 17-year-old brother were waiting for the train shortly after midnight Monday when a group of four men and three teens approached them and asked them to flash gang signs. When the brothers refused and stated they were not part of a gang, police say 18-year-old Mario Elvira pulled out a machete and struck the 26-year-old victim in the head.
The victim is in the hospital in stable condition. The attack “caused a gash 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep, which required more than 30 stitches to close.” The report cited seven suspects – Elvira; Jean Salvatierra, 23; Kevin Ramierz, 19; Kevar Preston, 20; and two 15-year-old males and one 15-year-old female.”
The event was downplayed as a “not part of a larger systemic trend” by Eric Filson, of Albany Park Neighbors.
Watch a local news report here.
The second attack is troubling because there was barely any coverage, even in the local news, and it seems that even the police report downplayed the incident. As reported at the Brenner Brief, a man from Arkansas was allegedly beat, robbed and attacked with a machete by “several men” on Monday who are still at large.
The attack on Raymond Moran may not have gotten any media attention if not for a Facebook post highlighting his injury, which was particularly gruesome. The image can be found at the link, but it is not for the squeamish. A local Fox affiliate mentioned the Facebook post and observed that a police report on the incident “downplayed” the injury, referring to it as “blunt force trauma to the head not caused by a machete.”
Moran’s sister Beth wrote on Facebook that the attack occurred “around 1 [1:00 in the afternoon] or so all for 45 dollars.” She said in a comment,
This scared me to death I love him so much, he looked like a scene out of the Carrie movie!
It is difficult to fathom how anyone could so viciously and deliberately harm a total stranger. Hopefully the victims and their loved ones will have justice.