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Man Might Lose Hand After Machete Attack

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A man was robbed and might lose a hand after being attacked by four men with a machete in Westlake.The 18 43-year old was riding his bike near the intersection of 11th Street and Burlington Avenue around 12:30 a.m., Sunday morning when he was attacked by four suspects. One of the suspects used a machete in the attack, and struck the man in his head and his hand, hacking off at least a part of his thumb and fracturing his skull. According to KTLA, he was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, but he may have to have his hand amputated.

The only description of the attackers was that they were all young men. KTLA reports that police think the attack may have been gang-related and do not believe there is a threat to the greater public.

Editor's Note: The post has been updated and corrected to reflect reports about the victim's age.

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