Man attacks others with ax, electric saw, then apologizes

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A case of mistaken identity apparently led to an attack at a gas station Sunday in which a 50-year-old man was hit in the head with an electric saw and his son was threatened with an ax.

“I’m sorry. I thought you were somebody else,” the attacker reportedly told the father and son before jumping back into his truck and fleeing.

The assault occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at the Valero gas station at 2160 Jacksboro Highway.

Jose Avila, 25, and his father, Jose DeLeon, had driven separately to the store to get gas when an older pickup pulled quickly into the parking lot and stopped in front of Avila’s vehicle.

A man got out of the truck, yelling as he approached Avila with an ax in hand, Fort Worth police reported.

“Avila said he could not remember what was being said but only understood ‘You took’ while he was raising the ax at him,” the report says. “Avila feared for his life and felt the male was going to harm him with the ax.”

DeLeon tried to come to his son’s defense, yelling at the man to stop.

The assailant put his ax in the bed of his pickup and retrieved an electric saw, the report says.

“The male is grabbing it from the saw end and swings it at DeLeon and strikes him with it on the left side of his head, causing a laceration,” the report says.

The father and son got the saw away from the man, who apologized for his mistake and fled.

Police seized the saw. The father planned to drive himself to the hospital for possible stitches, the report says.

The report describes the assailant suspect as white, about 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds. He was wearing an orange Whataburger T-shirt and jeans and was driving a primer-colored mid-’80s pickup with a possible partial license plate of BB3.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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