Man injured in machete attack

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SAN DIEGO -- A 61-year-old man was taken to a hospital Thursday evening after he was assaulted with a machete near Talmadge, police said.

Around 6:30 p.m., the man was sitting in a parked car in the 4800 block of El Cajon Boulevard when another man came up and started swinging a machete at his window, according to San Diego police. The impact shattered the window and the man kept swinging the blade at the car, but the man was able to get out and start running away, officers said.

As the victim ran, the assailant threw the machete at him, causing a three-inch cut in his back.

Medics took the victim to a hospital to be treated for an injury that was not considered to be life threatening.

The assailant headed northbound in the west alley of the 4400 block of Estrella Avenue. He was described as a Hispanic man between 40 and 50 years old wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information was asked to call San Diego police or Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.

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