An attacker remained at large Thursday after slashing a Chino Hills resident who confronted the machete-wielding man during an auto break-in earlier this week, authorities said.
The bloody incident unfolded shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday in the 13100 block of Le Parc Boulevard, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement.
“Deputies were informed by the victim that he heard his car alarm go off (and) went outside as he believed someone was trying to steal his truck when he encountered the suspect,” the statement said.
“A monster with a machete broke into his truck,” the victim’s girlfriend, Melanie Williams, posted on Facebook. Her boyfriend shouted to call 911 and rushed outside to see what was happening.
“He hacked into (the victim’s) arm then chased him up into the house,” Williams wrote. “Our home looked like a slaughter house afterwards.”
The machete severed a major artery, she said. It took more than six hours of surgery and 13 staples to close the wound.
The injured man has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, police and Williams said.
Williams thanked the community for its help following Tuesday’s attack, which she described as “truly a waking nightmare.”
“The outpouring of support & concern that followed and continues has been such a beautiful expression of humanity it takes my breath away,” Williams said. “There are hundreds of you who have reached out in some way, so many I can’t possibly thank you all individually, but each of you has touched my heart and restored some faith in humanity. From my family to you and yours, we appreciate you.”
The attacker wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, police said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chino Hill police detectives at 909-364-2000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to the We-Tip Hotline at at 800-782-7463.