Wacol machete attack: Man charged with attempted murder after ‘chasing woman’

A woman was chased by a man armed with a machete after he rammed her car in Wacol. Photo: Sarah Greenhalgh / Seven NewsA 51-year-old man who allegedly rammed his partner’s car and chased her along a suburban Brisbane west street with a machete has been charged with attempted murder.
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Witnesses armed with a chair leg and a wheelie bin stopped the attack in Monterey Street, Wacol, about 7.30am on Thursday, after hearing the screams of his 44-year-old partner as she ran for her life.

The 51-year-old from Acacia Ridge is alleged to have rammed her car then chased her on foot with the weapon.

She suffered a cut to the head and neck injuries and was taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

Police arrested the man at the scene, following the intervention of the bystanders.

He was later charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, going armed so as to cause fear and common assault.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in Richlands Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

EARLIER: Witnesses armed with brooms and wheelie bins fought off a machete-wielding man in Brisbane’s south-west on Thursday morning, after he allegedly rammed a woman’s car and chased her down the street.

A long-term resident of Monterey Street in Wacol, about 20 kilometres from Brisbane city, told how the early morning silence of the street was shattered about 7.30am with a loud bang when the cars collided.

He said it was followed shortly after by a woman’s terrified screams as she fled her car on foot as the man gave chase.

Retiree Bill, who declined to give a surname, said he looked out his front window to see a man with a wheelie bin standing between a man aged in his 40s who was holding a machete and the woman, who then continued to run down the street.

The man is believed to be the woman’s ex-partner.

“By the time I got there all I could see was the guy trying to stop this bloke with a machete by pushing the wheelie bin against him,” Bill said.

“The lady must have run up the road because he was standing one side of the wheelie bin and kind of put it in between them and pushed him back over to the car.

“And the bloke just sort of stood there with the machete in his hand at the back of his car.”

Bill said police soon after arrived and the man was arrested.

The woman suffered a non life-threatening cut to the head and neck injuries in the alleged attack.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the woman was taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

Her ex-partner is being questioned by police.

Bill said he had no doubt his neighbours saved the woman from serious harm.

“I actually thought she might have got hurt, that’s why she was was screaming so loud,” he said.

“Somebody was lucky the man with the bin was there.”

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