Police Arrest 2 in Machete Attack

By Collette Bender

Two suspects are in custody after an alleged romantic dispute precipitated a machete attack earlier this month.  Cory Rucker, 27, and Sasha Segovia, 24, both of Las Vegas, are being held at the Clark County Detention Center after witnesses, including the victim, identified them in the brutal attack.  On April 4, James “Grumpy” Kalama, 30, was found bleeding profusely from the head after the suspects allegedly chased him through a neighborhood near Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue, then struck him on the body and head with a machete and a blunt object like a bat or pipe, authorities say.

Kalama had been dating Segovia’s sister, and a disagreement between the two may have sparked the attack.  In a round of police interviews, witnesses, including Kalama, indicated Mr. Rucker and Ms. Segovia were responsible for the beating and hacking that left him with substantial blood loss and multiple injuries, including one that left a scar on his cheek spanning five inches between his ear and chin.  The bloody machete was turned over to police by a friend of Rucker’s.

Both suspects were taken into custody on Tuesday, and charged with mayhem, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit murder.  They are being held without bail.  Segovia appeared Monday in Las Vegas Justice Court for a 72-hour hearing, and Rucker will appear May 10 in Justice Court for a preliminary hearing.

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