An 80-year-old man is in custody after stabbing another man with a machete during a drunken argument in Hialeah Sunday, police said.
Guillermo Bejerano is facing attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges in the stabbing of 70-year-old Emerito Herrera Lopez, Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby said.
Bejerano was booked into jail early Monday, records showed. He was appointed a public defender at a bond court hearing Monday, where he was ordered held without bond.
According to Zogby, the two elderly men were arguing behind 3120 W. 76th Street when Bejerano picked up the machete and stabbed Lopez several times.
Lopez received severe injuries and was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was in stable condition.
He had several lacerations that required dozens of stitches, and fractured his skull and hand, officials said.
According to an arrest report, Bejerano is homeless and live in the area. He had accused Lopez of taking his cell phone and took the machete out of a shopping cart he was pushing, the report said.
Bejerano told police that Lopez had his cell phone and refused to give it back to him, the report said. He admitted he got upset and hit Lopez with the machete, the report said.