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DeLand police investigating machete injuries at mobile-home park
One man goes to hospital
By Pat Andrews
posted May 23, 2014 - 10:31:44am
DeLand police are investigating an early-morning fight that sent a man to the hospital May 22 with injuries from a machete.
Officers arrived at 114 Oak Drive in Sha De Land Mobile Home Park at 4 a.m., after receiving a report of injuries in a fight between mobile-home-park residents Luis Torres and Kenneth Flores.
At the scene, police found EVAC treating Torres "for multiple injuries to his right hand and head caused by a machete," the DeLand police report states.
Police were told differing details about what led to the fight. Torres' wife, Candice, said Flores had come to their home and invited Torres to The Flores home for a drink, after which Torres returned with the injuries, and collapsed on the floor.
On the other hand, Flores told police he had armed himself with a machete in self-defense, after Torres had come uninvited to the Flores home and started grabbing Flores and jumping on him.
Neighbors told officers they had awakened to the sound of Flores screaming and beating on their door, asking for help. The neighbors told police Flores asked them to call police because he was bleeding, and had just cut someone with a machete.
The Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter transported Torres to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Flores was treated at the scene for a cut to his hand.
"Detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident, and no arrest has been made at this time," DeLand police spokesman Sgt. Chris Estes said.
There's been no update on Torres' condition.
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