Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, have arrested a man who carried out a gruesome attack on a complete stranger in a Waffle House last week, allegedly slicing her repeatedly with a machete.
Pierre Kendrick, 34, is now charged with attempted first-degree murder for the heinous assault, which was captured by the restaurant's security footage, WOFL-TV reported.
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On Feb. 24, at approximately 4 a.m., Kendrick allegedly entered the restaurant located on Seabreeze Boulevard and approached the woman, who was sitting in a booth, according to an incident report filed by police.
Police said surveillance video showed Kendrick talking with the woman while the pair sat at a booth before he briefly got up to talk to others at the restaurant.
Kendrick then returned to the booth where the woman was sitting, pulled out a machete from his pants, and attacked the woman without warning. He reportedly struck the woman repeatedly with the weapon.
A witness at the restaurant allegedly heard the woman screaming and saw the suspect "slicing the victim with a machete," WESH-TV reported.
The woman reportedly managed to escape the situation by jumping over the counter and running out of the rear of the restaurant. She then ran to a hotel where she called the police and told them she was the victim of a stabbing attack by an individual she did not know.
The woman was later taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. Kendrick fled the scene in a "newer model" red SUV.
To seek the community's help identifying Kendrick, Daytona Beach police released snippets from the restaurant's security footage that showed him entering the restaurant and mingling with customers. Full video of the attack has not been released.
Kendrick was reportedly arrested and taken into custody on Sunday and had his first court appearance on Monday. In court, a judge set his bond for $75,000 and ordered that he have no contact with the victim.
"If you bond out, you shall not possess any firearms or ammunition. Additionally, you would surrender any firearms to law enforcement," the judge said.
Kendrick also faces several other drug and weapons charges, WOFL reported.