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Vass man charged in machete attack

Posted July 1, 2013

— A Vass man was charged with assault after authorities said he attacked another man with a machete Sunday.

Moore County sheriff’s deputies said they responded to an 8:40 p.m. emergency call at a home in the 100 block of Cummings Place in Vass and found Merlen Aguilar Perez, 45, injured from a machete.

Perez was taken to the Moore Regional Hospital Emergency room and treated for cuts to his arms and face. He is expected to recover, deputies said.

Justin Rodriguez Rios, 45, of the 100 block of Cummings Place, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was held at the Moore County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond and is scheduled for a July 15 court date.


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  • UpChuck Jul 1, 2013


  • BeenHereSince67 Jul 1, 2013

    He's from Vass? I very seriously doubt that. He may have LIVED in Vass, but he certainly is not FROM Vass.

  • cynda-ur-way Jul 1, 2013

    MS-13 I suspect. That is the preferred weapon for battle,Then again the victim was found alive and that is very rare for one of their attacks.

  • miketwo Jul 1, 2013

    We will see more and more of an uptick with the economy the way it is...I live in Boone and we very seldom have violent crimes, lots of Meth Labs, but there seems to be more and more violence happening and break ends.

  • LKG-Lover Jul 1, 2013

    I actually meant an uptick in shootings reported recently.

  • LKG-Lover Jul 1, 2013

    Desparate people do desparate things. Seems like an uptick in violence this week. Robberies are up.

  • luvstoQ Jul 1, 2013

    Ouch! Terrible that more and more people seem to think settling arguments with horrible violence is the only way to go.