Suspects in Texas Accused Of Machete Attack In Clown Masks

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Aretha Cardinal and her husband Joseph Nelson say they are blessed to be home today safe and uninjured after two men tried to rob them with a machete while wearing clown masks.

Aretha Cardinal says, “Both of them had on clown masks and gloves.”

The couple says they were sitting inside their truck, backed up into their front yard Friday night when they say another car pull into their driveway.

Joseph Nelson says, “He jumped out of the truck and put the machete to my throat like this, I grabbed his wrist and grabbed the machete and my wife got out and whooped him with the scooter and it was going down from there.”

His wife grabbed the first thing she could find, her granddaughter’s scooter.

Aretha Cardinal says, “Any weapon is good for me if I can get you off me and my husband that’s what I’m going to do. I used the scooter, broke it in half.”

The couple says they fought back so hard, they scared those suspects away.

Joseph Nelson says, “I chased them down, one of them shot out and ran the other way, and the other one run the other way– I chasing him with the machete, then when the cops came around the corner I think he actually jumped in the police car.”

Jose Lugo and Luis Jimenez are each charged with aggravated robbery.

They are behind bars in Galveston County with bond set at $100,000 each.

Aretha Cardinal says, “You’re trying to rob us with a machete, it’s our life or your life and I’m not ready.”

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