10/01/2013 12:02 pm ET

Saw-Swinging Attacker Apologizes After Mistaking Victims, Flees

A North Texas man allegedly attacked a father and son before realizing he mistook the pair for someone else.

The alleged attacker then apologized before fleeing.

Jose DeLeon, 50, was with his 25-year-old son, Jose Avila, at a gas station Sunday when a man approached them. The Star-Telegram reports that the man was wielding an ax and threatening them with violence.

“Avila said he could not remember what was being said but only understood ‘You took’ while he was raising the ax at him,” a report by the Fort Worth police department said. “Avila feared for his life and felt the male was going to harm him with the ax.”

DeLeon then attempted to help his son, yelling at the man to stop. This prompted the attacker to put the ax down and take out an electric saw from the back of his pickup truck, according to the police.

“The male is grabbing it from the saw end and swings it at DeLeon and strikes him with it on the left side of his head, causing a laceration,” the report said.

Father and son managed to wrestle the saw away from the attacker, who allegedly realized his mistake, apologized, and got back into his truck before driving off.

“I’m sorry. I thought you were somebody else,” the attacker reportedly told the father and son before leaving the scene.

Police are still searching for the man, according to the Associated Press.

The report describes the assailant suspect as white, about 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds. He was wearing an orange Whataburger T-shirt and jeans and was driving a primer-colored mid-’80s pickup with a possible partial license plate of BB3.

In Florida, police are still looking for a man who allegedly threw an ax through the window of a teen's car while yelling racial slurs in June. Two of the three teens in the car suffered minor cuts.

In August, a Utah man was caught on video swinging an ax at a teenage boy. The boy received minor injuries in the attack, and the alleged attacker faces aggravated assault charges.


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