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Florida man attacks suspected burglar with machete

Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 08:38:15-05

FORT LADUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man appeared in court with a heavily bandaged arm one week after authorities say he tried to break into the house of a man armed with a machete.

The Sun Sentinel reports that 26-year-old Roderick Thomas made his initial appearance Wednesday in Broward County court on a burglary with assault or battery charge. The judge ordered he be held without bond.

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Prosecutors say Thomas was trying to pry open the door of a Fort Lauderdale home with a copper pipe on Oct. 30 when he was confronted by a resident armed with a machete. The two men began to fight, pipe versus machete, until the resident managed to pin a badly injured Thomas and call for police.

Thomas had been hospitalized with extensive injuries.