Man nearly has finger cut off by machete during argument at homeless camp, police say

Incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. in 4800 block of W. Military Dr.

A man in his 30s nearly had a finger cut off by a machete during an argument at a Southwest Side homeless camp early Thursday morning, San Antonio police said.

SAN ANTONIO – A man in his 30s nearly had a finger cut off by a machete during an argument at a Southwest Side homeless camp early Thursday morning, San Antonio police said.

The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. in the 4800 block of West Military Drive, not far from Medina Base Road and Old Pearsall Road.

According to police, two men got into an argument over money and allowing others to stay at a campsite. Police said the suspect told them he was being hit with a metal pipe, and that’s why he had to fend off the man with a machete.

SAPD said the suspect cut the man’s hand, nearly cutting off a finger. They then fled in different directions, police said.

At this time, it is unclear as to who started the argument. Officers found the victim not far from the camp at the intersection of Old Pearsall Road and Medina Base Road.

Detectives are trying to figure out the exact details to the cutting. The victim was being uncooperative and refused to go to the hospital for treatment until he got his cellphone back, police said.


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