A man who was attacked with a machete in Finglas, Dublin has urged people to exercise caution as the armed thug has not been caught and could strike again.
am (49), who is now an Irish citizen and moved here from Mexico in 2006, was attacked around 6am on Sunday morning and nearly lost a finger in the attack.
He worries a lot about others now because he feels that anyone could become a target for this dangerous man.
“I was suffering from sciatica and woke up in pain on Sunday and decided to hit the gym,” said Sam, who lives in Finglas South.
“It was getting close to 6 a.m. and I was walking in Valley Park with my earplugs on and listening to music.
“I saw a man coming towards me and then all of a sudden he had a big knife on my neck and he was saying something but I couldn’t hear him because of the music.
“I got a real shock and finally I got an earplug out and the guy was really aggressive and he said ‘give me your f***ing money’.
“I think he was on drugs. He held the knife to my neck. It was a large blade of the kind used to cut sugar cane.
“He kept asking for money and I told him I didn’t have any. I had a backpack with my towel and fitness card but I had no money and he got very aggressive.
“Then he asked for the backpack. He had the knife to my neck and when I took off the backpack he took the knife away for a moment.”
Sam said he saw an opportunity to defend himself and pushed the backpack in his attacker’s face.
“I started hitting him with it, but he hit me in the leg and I fell to the ground. He tried to get me again and I started hitting him back.
“I used the backpack as a shield and he attacked me with the knife. I was cut in the face and one of my fingers was almost cut off.
“He was really violent and I was screaming as loud as I could and then a taxi came down the street and I think that scared the guy away. I feel lucky to be alive.”
After the attacker fled, Sam headed home to raise the alarm.
“I came home and yelled at my husband that I was attacked,” he said.
“Even on the way home, I was worried that other people would be attacked. This guy was so violent.
“There are older people who walk their dogs early in the morning and I was afraid for them.”
Sam’s husband took him to Mater Hospital where he was told he would need surgery to save his finger. The blood supply and nerve had been severed in the attack.
“The surgeon saved my finger, but I have no feeling in it. Another finger needed stitches. My face was also slashed,” he said.
“I just want this man caught so he can’t attack anyone. And I would also advise not to listen to music when traveling alone. Someone can come up behind you and you wouldn’t know.”
Sam said his attacker was “a medium height and a bit chubby white male with a Dublin accent”.
Gardaí confirmed they are investigating the incident. “No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing,” a spokesman said.
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