(As originally published, Tue, October 18th 2022, 1:35 PM EDT)
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — A man is accused of cutting a woman’s fingers off with a machete. Now he’s charged with attempted first-degree murder.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue got the report and rushed to the scene in the early afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 28. They have not reported where in the county it happened.
According to the arrest report, deputies found the victim “with a large laceration on her head and three severed fingers. Witnesses identified Danny Santos as the suspect and advised that he fled the scene in a red Toyota pickup truck.”
Santos actually left to go turn himself in. About 15 minutes later, he arrived at the Main Detention Center and spoke to a sergeant.
According to the arrest report, Santos “emptied his pockets and told him he wanted to turn himself in because he chopped up [the victim]. [The sergeant] asked him if he had any weapons and Santos responded that the machete was in the truck.
“Santos told him that [the victim] had been drugging him, and having males and females sexually batter him. [The sergeant] requested patrol to respond, and stood by until they arrived and detained Santos.”
Then, inside the truck, “There was a machete in plain view, laying on the floorboard of the back seat. There was red staining on the blade. [A detective] sealed and towed the vehicle to the PBSO impound lot for safekeeping, pending acquiring a search warrant.”
Then, it said a witness described, “As he pulled into the neighborhood where he and the victim [name] reside at [location], he observed a man who he knows as Danny Santos, 36, apparently following him in a red truck.
“As [the witness] pulled into the residence, he observed the red truck pull off a side street near the house. As [the witness] exited the vehicle and walked toward the house, he observed the red truck drive north, passing the house, then make a U-turn and head back south, back toward the residence. [The witness] entered the residence, greeted [the victim], and informed her that Danny was outside.
“[The victim] exited the residence to determine why Danny showed up. [The victim] and Danny had been broken up for several years and had multiple domestic disputes, resulting in a restraining order against Danny. [The witness] followed behind but stopped at the threshold of the door as [the victim] walked all the way to the curb. [The witness] observed through the dark tint that Danny was moving around for a few moments in the cab of the truck, prior to exiting the vehicle armed with a machete in his right hand.
“Danny walked directly to [the victim] without saying a word or addressing [blacked out] and began to strike [the victim] with the machete. Danny swung from overhead, north to south motion, 3-4 times. [The witness] ran inside to get his gun and alert others in the house for help. [Someone]’s son [name] responded to the call for help and ran out. When [the witness] returned with [the son], Danny was gone, having left [the victim] in a puddle of her own blood.
“[The victim] was found lying on her side in the fetal position and informed [someone] that her fingers were missing. [Someone] observed a large gash to the back of [the victim]’s head, a large laceration on her upper left arm, and several fingers missing from her hand. [Someone] called 911 and made notification of the traumatic attack and injuries sustained. [The victim] was transported to [the hospital] ICU where she is currently in critical condition and undergoing surgery, and unable to provide a statement.”
There is no update on her condition since her name will not be released, under Marsy’s Law.
The arrest report added, “Danny confessed to following a vehicle and watching a male occupant exit and walk inside the residence. Danny went on to confess that he drove up to the residence and observed both [the victim] and a man. Danny exited the vehicle with a machete and struck [the victim] multiple times. Danny stated that he immediately headed to PBSO headquarters where he parked his vehicle, leaving the machete in the cab within the PBSO parking lot. He then entered the facility and informed deputies of his violent attack on [the victim].”
Danny Santos is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder. He was booked on Sept. 28 at 11:25 p.m. and is being held at the Main Detention Center without bond.