Machete attack victim: Suspect 'needs prayer'

Christina Abbitt, 48, suffered serious injuries, including nearly severed hand

SAN ANTONIO – One of two women who were slashed with a machete inside a home just north of downtown Thursday said she already has started forgiving the man who is accused of attacking her.

"I just want everybody to know that he needs prayer," Christina Abbitt, 48, said. "I made it, but he needs prayer."

Abbitt spoke to KSAT 12 News on Tuesday morning just hours after her release from a hospital.

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She spent five days at San Antonio Military Medical Center, where she underwent 12 hours of surgery.

"My hand was severed. I lost a chunk (of flesh) here. I lost a chunk there. I lost a chunk out of my toe," she said, pointing to her numerous injuries.

San Antonio police arrested Fernando Arias, Abbitt's 44-year-old ex-boyfriend, after the attack.

Police said Arias also slashed and severely injured a 27-year-old woman who was inside the home. She remains in a hospital.

Officers responded to Abbitt's home in the 200 block of Army Street after a neighbor reported hearing a commotion and seeing a man with a machete walking around outside.

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Police said they had to break into the home through a window in order to reach the two women because the front door was barricaded.

Abbitt said the attack happened suddenly while Arias was experiencing what appeared to be a psychotic episode.

"Drinking. Anger. Jealousy," she said, describing his demeanor before the incident.

After the attack, Arias led officers on a wild car chase that went north on Highway 281 toward the Quarry Market and then back toward downtown, police said.

The chase ended when Arias crashed his van in a neighborhood off East Euclid Street, police said. 

Police arrested Arias on two counts of aggravated assault.

Although she is now back home, Abbitt said she's not sure how much longer she can continue living there. The memories of what happened haunt her.

"It's been a rough night," she said. "I thought I could handle it."

In addition to praying for Arias, Abbitt said she also hopes for the best for the other attack victim. 

She calls the woman her "hero" and said she saved her life by intervening in the attack.


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