September 16, 2014

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Victims’ accounts differ in alleged machete attack

LORAIN — Two Lorain men who told police they were attacked by strangers with a machete on Monday have conflicting accounts of what happened.

The incident occurred at 10 p.m. Monday near East 28th Street and Fulton Road when 20-year-old Robert Rojas and 30-year-old Taurean Evans were walking south toward Industrial Avenue, according to a police report.

Evans told police that two men jumped out from a clump of bushes around 10 p.m. and attacked him with a machete. He said he dropped his phone as he fought back with his fists before he ran to his sister’s house on Industrial Avenue unharmed, he told police.

Rojas’ version was slightly different.

He told police it began with an abused kitten. Rojas told police that he and Evans saw the two men abusing a kitten around West Eighth Street and Reid Avenue, so they picked up the kitten to save it. Rojas then told police he and Evans walked to East 28th Street and Fulton Road when they were attacked around 8 p.m. by the two men, one of whom had a machete. Like Evans, Rojas was uninjured by the alleged attack, police said.

When police spoke to Evans again, Evans told police he used a crutch to fend off the unknown attackers, rather than his fists.

Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins said he was skeptical of both accounts.

“There are some serious flaws in these two gentlemen’s stories,” Watkins said, adding that police would still investigate the alleged attack.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.