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South San Francisco Man Charged In Machete Attack At Barbecue

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Machete. (AP)

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A South San Francisco man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after he allegedly attacked his neighbor with a machete on Sunday and bit him on the back, according to police.

Pedro Garcia, 32, went to a barbecue at his neighbor’s house in the 400 block of Baden Avenue and allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to a female guest, South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said.

The host asked Garcia to leave, and police said he then lifted up his shirt, exposing rifle ammunition in his waistband. Garcia allegedly threatened to shoot the host and left the party, according to police.

Around 5:45 p.m., Garcia allegedly returned to the barbecue swinging a machete at the host’s head and threatening to kill him, Lee said. The victim, who was bitten on the back in the attack, suffered cuts on his hands trying to defend himself.

Police arrived just as Garcia stopped his attack and attempted to flee, Lee said. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

The victim’s cuts were considered minor and he did not need to go to the hospital.

As Garcia was being placed in a patrol car to be taken from the police station in South San Francisco to the main jail in Redwood City, he attempted to escape, Lee said. He broke free from an officer and tried to run away while still in handcuffs, she said.

The officer managed to tackle Garcia after a brief chase, and he was taken to San Mateo County Jail. His arm was broken during the escape attempt.

Garcia was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and resisting arrest, but he did not enter a plea.

He is being held in jail without bail.

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