Two teen girls were injured — one critically — Monday when a stranger attacked them with a machete as they waited for a bus in Midtown, police said Thursday.
No arrests have been made and police have not determined a motive for the attack, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in the area of East Grant Road and North Campbell Avenue, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
He gave the following account:
Three girls boarded a bus at the Ronstadt Transit Center downtown and got off at Grant and North Norris Avenue.
They were sitting on a bench when a man with a black and white bandanna on his face came up from behind.
“It appeared that he focused his anger on one particular girl — the 17-year-old — for no apparent reason,” Pacheco said. “She suffered several machete strikes to her face and head, as well as her forearms because she was trying to protect herself.”
The girl’s friend tried to intervene and was also struck but not seriously injured, Pacheco said. The third friend was not injured.
The man left in a white four-door Dodge Intrepid.
The 17-year-old remained hospitalized Thursday and investigators plan on re-interviewing the other girl, who was not seriously injured.
The girls did not know the man, Pacheco said. Authorities reviewed video from the bus they rode to Grant and Norris and noted that a man began speaking with the 17-year-old.
There was no argument and the man is not believed to be a suspect but police would like to speak with him.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME, the anonymous tip line of the Pima County Attorney’s Office.