A San Diego man was arrested and booked on suspicion of attacking his father in his home with a samurai sword over the holiday weekend, critically wounding his father.
The suspect is John Cahan. He is accused of walking into his 69-year-old father's bedroom in San Diego at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Reports suggest the son awoke his father and heatedly demanded the father to hold out one of his hands so he could chop it off, according to San Diego Sheriff Mark Varnau.
“Cahan swung the sword several times over his father and then brought it down, striking his lower leg,” Varnau explained. “The blade cut the victim's leg causing a potentially life-threatening wound. Cahan left the room with the weapon but returned later to try to stop the bleeding.”
The attacker waited nearly 90 minutes before he phoned emergency services to help his wounded father. According to Varnau, Cahan called medics to the home and claimed his dad accidentally injured himself while he was sleepwalking.
The victim was taken to the Hospital in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Department says there is no motive for the attack and the accused man would be drug tested.
After Deputies questioned Cahan, they arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon as well as elder abuse.
Varnau said the father did identified his son as the person who attacked him with a samurai sword.
The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned today.
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