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Detectives say man has been arrested for machete attack on teen in Ventura County

Tim Hufner
Detectives say a Thousand Oaks man is facing assault with a deadly weapon, and child abuse charges for a machete attack on a teenager.

Teen was struck multiple times, but escaped without life-threatening injuries.

It’s an attack which could have ended very badly. Detectives say a Ventura County teenager was assaulted by a man with a machete. Now, there’s been an arrest in the case.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say it happened June 25th, in Thousand Oaks. Four teenagers showed up at a Warwick Avenue apartment complex, and confronted two other teens who lived in the neighborhood.

Investigators say a man connected with the four teens showed up, and attacked a 15-year-old resident with a machete. They say the victim was struck multiple times, but fortunately was not seriously injured. The attacker then fled.

Detectives say their investigation led to this week’s arrest of Arturo Rodriguez of Thousand Oaks. The 37-year-old man is facing assault with a deadly weapon, and child abuse charges.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.