The attack took place at Trailerama Trailer Park on 15th Street in Marathon, at lot 29. The victim, 45 year old Eduardo Gonzalez, lives in the trailer. He told Sgt. Joel Slough and Deputy Christian Galls he allowed the suspect, 52 year old Fidel Gonzalez Gutierrez, to move in with him a few day ago.
He said the two of them were sitting outside just before 8:15 p.m. He asked the suspect to move out of the trailer and the suspect became enraged. The suspect went into the kitchen and got a machete; he returned and began to swing it at the victim. The victim said he threw a couple of cinder blocks at the suspect to defend himself, but the suspect kept swinging the machete, hitting the victim in the left arm twice with it. The suspect fled the scene after cutting the victim.
When the officers arrived, they began to search the area for Gutierrez, who was eventually found hiding in a wooded area adjacent to 15th Street and Ocean Terrace. He was taken into custody.
Both men were taken to Fishermen’s Hospital for treatment of injuries. The victim suffered two deep lacerations to his arm; the suspect had an injury on his arm, and complained of pain on his side. Gutierrez was then transported to jail, charged with attempted murder.