Brunswick Hills machete attack broadcasted on Facebook

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BRUNSWICK HILLS, Ohio-- A Medina County man is recovering after he was attacked with a machete.

Brunswick Hills police said a man, identified as 18-year-old Scott Carrabine, grabbed a machete when a rival came onto his property and challenged him to a fight. The simmering feud between Carrabine and 21-year-old Josh Patron boiled over. Patron reached for a tree branch to defend himself.

A friend of Patron's, 19-year-old Bret Cumbee, used his phone to broadcast the confrontation live on Facebook.

Investigators said Carrabine struck Patron with the machete and the two men struggled for control of the weapon. Police said instead of breaking up the fight, Cumbee continued to record.

As Patron retreated from the attack, Cumbee realized his friend was hurt. Patron suffered severe cuts on his arm.

"Dude, we need to get you to the hospital right now, dude," Cumbee said on the video.

Brunswick Hills police were notified about the Facebook Live, resulting in an investigation.

Carrabine was charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Patron was charged with simple assault and trespassing.

"I don't understand why they do it. First of all, I don't understand why they would continue on pushing each other to where they want to actually fight and actually harm each other," Police Chief Tim Sopkovich said.

Cumbee was cited for criminal trespassing as well. Police said they hope the case sends a message to those who take part in criminal activity and post it on the web.

"Putting themselves and jeopardizing themselves and getting themselves in trouble because they're recording their actions, their unlawful actions that they're doing," Sopkovich said.

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