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Police: chainsaw attacker wanted to 'end this woman's life'

Woman attacked by a chainsaw at a hotel in Lantana. (WPEC)

A woman is recovering after police say a man attacked her with a chainsaw.

The attack happened on Hypoluxo near Seacrest Blvd. by the Super 8 Motel.

Lantana Police are now calling the attack a random act of violence.

Lantana Police Chief Sean Scheller said the woman who is in her 60’s was walking down the sidewalk along this motel when she saw a man carrying a chainsaw.

She told police she thought he was a landscaper so she kept walking.

Chief Scheller said that’s when the suspect Juan Carlos Cabrera Jr., 20, came at her tackling the woman to the ground.

Chief Scheller said Cabrera fired up the chainsaw and began striking her in the chest.

As she attempted to get away the chainsaw cut parts of her hands.

This happened in the middle of rush hour.

The chief said he believes a passerby stopped to help the woman.

Right now police are pretty confident the victim and suspect do not know each other.

“He has confessed to the investigator and actually made a comment that he woke up this morning got something to eat. And I can’t confirm or deny if he has any kind of mental illness or not. But he did make a comment to the investigator that he saw the lady in the area and stated I am going to end this woman's life,” Scheller said.

Lantana Police arrested Cabrera who was standing by his vehicle that was parked in the Super 8 lot.

It’s unknown if Cabrera is from here, but we know he was staying at the motel.

Investigators are waiting for search warrants to see if drugs played a role in the attack.

He is now facing a charge of premeditated attempted murder.

Meanwhile the victim is in surgery, but is expected to survive.


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