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Police seeking suspect in machete attack on woman at Daytona Beach Waffle House

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach police are asking for help identifying a man they say attacked a woman with a machete at a local restaurant.

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Officers were called to the Waffle House on Seabreeze Blvd. just after 4 a.m. Thursday for reports of a stabbing. They arrived to find the victim with multiple injuries to her head and hands.

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She told police she was at the Waffle House when a man walked up and began to attack her with a machete. The victim said she then jumped over the counter and ran out of the back to a motel on Highway A1A where she called police.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for traumatic injuries. She told police she didn’t know the man who attacked her.

Police reviewed video from security cameras in the restaurant that showed the suspect and victim sitting together in a booth and talking before the attack.

The video goes on to show the suspect talking to other people in the restaurant before walking back over to the victim, pulling the machete out of his pants and slashing at the victim multiple times.

Attempt To Identify (Case 220003164)

We need your help, #DaytonaBeach. We're looking for a man who attacked a woman earlier this week at a restaurant on Seabreeze Boulevard. He's shown in this video. If you know who he is, please contact Detective Bryan Quinones at (386) 671-5251 or QuinonesBryan@DBPD.us regarding Case 220003164. #DaytonaStrong #DBPDStrong

Posted by Daytona Beach Police Department on Friday, February 25, 2022

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The victim can be seen running out of the back of the Waffle House as she described, as the suspect walks out the front door.

The suspect walked around to the back of the Waffle House and left the area in a red, newer model SUV, according to an incident report.

Police released some of the video to the public Friday, hoping that someone might recognize the suspect.

He was described only as wearing a black shirt and dark pants. Police say he may have red hair.

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Anyone who thinks they can identify the suspect is asked to call the Daytona Beach Police Department at (386) 671-5251.

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