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Hollywood police looking for witness in machete restaurant attack

Hollywood police are looking for the man in the black T-shirt and distinctive blue sneakers shown in this framegrab from a surveillance video, filmed before a machete attack at Mamacita's Restaurant, 591 North Broadwalk, at 2 a.m. Saturday March 26.
Hollywood police are looking for the man in the black T-shirt and distinctive blue sneakers shown in this framegrab from a surveillance video, filmed before a machete attack at Mamacita's Restaurant, 591 North Broadwalk, at 2 a.m. Saturday March 26. HOLLYWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Hollywood police are asking the public for help in locating a man believed to have witnessed a machete attack at a restaurant in Hollywood that left two people seriously injured.

At approximately 2 a.m. March 26, police say Cedi Pacheco, 26, approached two patrons at Mamacita’s Restaurant, 591 North Broadwalk, and attacked them with a large machete. Pacheco fled the scene with two others and led Hollywood police on a chase that ended in the 2400 block of Northwest 26th Street in Miami-Dade County.

One suspect surrendered on the spot without incident, police say. Pacheco ran and was captured with the assistance of the Hollywood K-9 unit. He was charged with attempted murder, eluding police and resisting an officer with violence. A third man, seen in a surveillance video walking alongside Pacheco shortly before the attack, remains at large, police say.

Police are looking for an individual seen in a surveillance video walking alongside Pacheco shortly before the attack. He is wearing a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, blue jeans and distinctive blue sneakers. Detectives believe his first name is “Steve” or “Steven.”

The victims were treated at Memorial Regional Hospital. One of the victims has been released, according to Memorial.

Anyone who recognizes this individual or has additional information about the case is asked to contact the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4411 or CrimeStoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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