Five people have been arrested in Elk Grove on multiple charges, including mayhem, in connection with a machete attack that left one victim with nearly severed fingers.
Two men were taken to an area hospital suffering from stab wounds and cuts after they were reportedly assaulted Wednesday night in front of an Elk Grove home.
Officers responded shortly before 7 p.m. to a residence in the 5400 block of Coral Creek Way. Police said that a quarrel had sparked a melee that involved the machete, a knife and a pipe.
The argument, over the sale of a GPS device, escalated with James Bishop, 18, allegedly pulling out a pocketknife and stabbing Nicholas Stewart, 33, on both arms in front of Stewart’s home. Another man, Matthew Rohr, 30, left the residence to come to Stewart’s aid by striking Bishop on the head with a metal pipe, according to a police news release.
At that time, another man, Jesse Bishop, pulled out a machete and began swinging at Stewart and Rohr, police said. The machete nearly severed two of Rohr’s fingers, police said.
Both Rohr and Stewart suffered lacerations on their torsos and arms. The attackers then left on foot, police said.
Officers established a perimeter and began searching for the assailants. They were assisted by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
Officers detained five people at a nearby home on Blue Sapphire Court and searched the residence for weapons. Evidence related to the assault, including clothing and weapons, was recovered at the residence, authorities said.
Four adults and one teen were arrested on suspicion of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, battery and conspiracy. Booked into Sacramento County jail early Thursday morning on the charges were Luis Alfredo Martin Jr., 19, Cassy Carissa Yadon, 20, James Bishop and Jesse Bishop.
A 16-year-old was taken to Sacramento Juvenile Hall on the same charges.
The mayhem charge stems from the near-severing of Rohr’s index and middle finger..