Family Open Fire on Machete Attack Suspect, Call 911 After Relative Injured Outside North Carolina Home

A North Carolina man was arrested Friday after allegedly attacking a homeowner with a machete, a local sheriff's office has said.

Carlos Antonio Washington, 36, was apprehended after allegedly attempting to flee the scene. He was charged with attempted first degree murder and placed in the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office detention center under a $2 million secured bond

According to law enforcement, dispatchers received a call about an assault around 9 a.m. on Friday from the Carr Farm Road area in Macclesfield.

Once deputies arrived at the scene, it was determined the suspect had waited behind the home and attacked the owner as they stepped outside, police said. The homeowner—who was not identified by name—told police they had briefly fought off the suspect.

The situation allegedly escalated further after the homeowner's family members, who were inside the property at the time, fired shots at the armed suspect before calling 911.

According to the sheriff's Office, the suspect returned to his vehicle and fled the scene, traveling on Route 258 towards the town of Tarboro.

While units were traveling to the scene, a deputy located the suspect's vehicle and the driver—Washington—was taken into custody without incident. Police confirmed the victim had sustained "minor injuries" and was evaluated by paramedics.

In a brief statement published to Facebook on Saturday, the sheriff's office said more criminal charges may be filed after consultation with the district attorney's office. The sheriff's office uploaded a mugshot of the suspect and a picture of a machete but did not elaborate further on any suspected motive behind the alleged attack.

A charge of attempted first-degree murder is punishable as a Class B felony, which is the same punishment as second degree murder, according to North Carolina legal firm Kirk, Kirk, Howell, Cutler & Thomas, which details the allegation on its website.

A second team of criminal defense attorneys, Gilles Law, explained in a fact sheet that a charge of second degree murder in the state can be based on "behavior that amounts to reckless disregard for human life" or that is "meant to cause serious bodily harm."

In North Carolina, a Class B1 felony is punishable with between 192 months and up to life in prison. A Class B2 carries a minimum sentencing of 125 months in prison.

The Carr Farm Road incident was first reported by WNCN.

In September, a 50-year-old apartment security guard was targeted by a woman with a machete in Seattle after seemingly being mistaken for a police officer. The suspect, 32, reportedly slashed the guard on the forearm, leaving two five-inch cuts.

Officers said they had later found the suspect at a gas station on Broadway, where she had since changed her clothing. She was booked into King County Jail for assault.

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A North Carolina man was arrested on Friday (November 27) after allegedly attacking a homeowner with a machete, the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office has said. iStock