View Full Version : 80yr Old Woman attacked with Machete...

09-15-2005, 7:42 PM
Just say this article in today's SJ Mercury paper. I wish they had taken a more pro-self-defense slant on this, as it would have been the perfect opportunity. I mean, an 80yr old woman is attacked in the head by a machete, and her able-bodied son resorts to using a pellet gun to defend his mother. I used to live in Los Altos, and it is definitely a neighborhood which people would consider ultra-safe with a zero possibility of something like this happening. Just goes to show...anytime, anyplace...

Posted on Thu, Sep. 15, 2005

Machete assailant shot


By Sean Webby

Mercury News

A man wandered through a Los Altos Hills neighborhood attacking people with a machete Wednesday morning before being shot by a sheriff's deputy.

There was no word on the unidentified man's condition late Wednesday. He was reportedly in surgery at a local hospital.

None of the man's victims -- including an 80-year-old widow -- were killed, although two were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Witnesses said they thought the man with the machete was an employee at a nearby construction work site and that he had argued with a co-worker before attacking him.

Terrance Helm, a sheriff's office spokesman, could not confirm what sparked the bizarre rampage.

Authorities said they received a 911 call at 10:43 a.m. that a man had assaulted a woman on Terrace Drive with a large knife.

The 80-year-old victim -- who did not wish to be named -- told the Mercury News she had been in the kitchen when a knock came around 10:30 a.m.

She opened the door to a man she had never seen before, wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. ``Speak Spanish? Speak Spanish?'' he asked her. ``A little,'' she said.

Then, for no apparent reason, he struck her with the machete.

``Whack! Whack! He kept hitting me,'' the woman said. ``I suppose I should have punched him in the face. If I was a little younger I would have.''

Bleeding from the head, she stumbled from her doorway to her yard, calling for help, wondering if she could reach her car for protection.

Meanwhile, her 48-year-old son, who was in the back of the home, heard her cries. He grabbed his father's Sheridan pellet gun, pumped it up eight times and ran at the man, who was now standing over his mother with the machete raised and ready to strike again.

``Get off my property!'' the son blurted.

The man backed away, apparently taunting him and waving the long knife in the air.

As the victim got to her feet and called 911, the man began to walk down the street. The son followed, the pellet gun aimed right at him.

They walked for about half a mile down Terrace Drive.

Then, holding the bloody machete behind his leg, the man walked up to Carl Rose, a county road worker from San Jose who was working at a site near the Los Altos Golf and Country Club.

``Do you have any jobs?'' Rose reported the man saying.

Rose, who noticed the machete and the man nearby holding the pellet gun, said he wasn't sure. Just then a fire truck showed up.

``He looked freaked out, crazy. I figured maybe he was drinking,'' Rose said. ``That was when I decided to hide in some bushes.''

The man with the machete backed up and headed up Terrace, soon followed by several officers -- at least one from the sheriff's department and two from the Los Altos Police Department.

Helm said the deputy repeatedly told the man in English and Spanish to drop the knife. When the man did not respond, he was pepper-sprayed. When the spray failed to stop the man from advancing, the deputy shot him.

Sheriff's officials did not identify the deputy who fired, how many shots there were or where the man was hit.

Wednesday evening, officers were scouring the quiet neighborhood lined with handsome homes to see if there were any other victims or more information to be discovered.

And the 80-year-old was back at home with bruises on her back, a gauze bandage wrapped around her head and an amazing tale to tell.

09-16-2005, 7:03 AM
That guy was REALLY brave to hold off this dude with a single shot pellet rifle. I would have had to change my boxer shorts after that, knowing that I only had 1 shot to incapacitate him before he started swinging at ME? Wow. Brave guy.

Shame they didn't focus more on the son's efforts - this article should be sent to the NRA so they can feature it in their self-defense columns.


09-16-2005, 1:41 PM
Oh, God just don't hope an ultra socialist reads this or else machete's will be banned too.. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Its amazing that even looking like a real gun a pellet gun is a useful tool..

09-16-2005, 2:20 PM
heaven forbid is from protecting our borders...