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Deputies: New Mexico man attacked woman, family with machete

Deputies: New Mexico man attacked woman, family with machete

The Associated Press
Created: April 29, 2020 10:25 AM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he attacked a woman and her family with a machete.

The Las Cruces Suns-News reports Zachary Tanner Cadena was arrested Friday in Las Cruces following a fight. According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies, Cadena went to the woman’s home because he believed she and her family had some of his belongings.

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Deputies say an argument started and the woman used a 27-inch machete against Cadena, who took it away. Authorities say Cadena then used it against her and her family.

A criminal complaint says Cadena discarded the rusty machete in the neighbor’s yard.

Court documents say Cadena coughed intentionally on deputies, telling them he had tested positive for COVID-19.

The woman and two others were treated at a nearby hospital.

He is facing three counts of aggravated battery that may cause death or bodily harm, battery on a peace officer, and two counts assault on a peace officer.

It was not known if he had an attorney.


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