Machete Attack Leaves NLR Man Behind Bars

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A machete attack near downtown Tuesday night has left a man with injuries to his fingers.

The North Little Rock Police Department (NLRPD) says a suspect is in custody for the incident that happened around 10 p.m. 

Officers were sent to an address on a report of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance. 

NLRPD found the victim, Jeffery Reed, 36, lying on the VIP parking lot on the south side of Verizon Arena. Officers say Reed appeared to be intoxicated and was holding a bottle of whiskey with his left hand. 

The official police report says Jeffery's right hand was covered in blood and three fingers on his right hand were almost severed. 

Officials say Reed told investigators that an unknown individual struck him with a machete as he was walking west on E. Washington underneath the I-30 overpass. Reed says the attacker was apparently asleep on the south sidewalk and he accidentally stepped on him.

Witnesses say Reed had possibly stepped on the man's sleeping bag before he jumped up and started swinging an object. Witnesses told police that the subject who caused the injuries to Reed hadn't moved and was still under the overpass.

Police found the suspect, who has been identified as Kenneth Randolph, 67.

The report says authorities found a blood trail which started near Randolph and led west towards where Reed was found. 

Officers say Randolph had a bloody machete in his possession. 

Randolph was arrested and charged with first-degree battery. 

Reed was taken to UAMS for treatment.

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