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A machete-wielding man messed with the wrong guy, cops say. Here’s why.

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A man was sitting on the sidewalk in Coconut Grove Monday afternoon when he was approached by a man with a machete.

The man, who was eating, somehow managed to get the machete from his alleged attacker and take a swing, according to police.

The result: The man who originally had the machete ended up with critical injuries.

Both men were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Police say it is not clear if the men knew each other or why one pulled out a machete.

The incident happened just before 3 p.m. at Grand Avenue and 37th Avenue.

No charges had yet been filed.

A machete-wielding homeowner confronted three would-be robbers, holding one of them for deputies and chasing the others off in a dramatic melee that was caught on surveillance video.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
Chuck Rabin, writing news stories for the Miami Herald for the past three decades, covers cops and crime. Before that he covered the halls of government for Miami-Dade and the city of Miami. He’s covered hurricanes, the 2000 presidential election and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. On a random note: Long before those assignments, Chuck was pepper-sprayed covering the disturbances in Miami the morning Elián Gonzalez was whisked away by federal authorities.
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