Machete attack began over a bush cutter

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37-year-old Kenneth Jacob Jackson is accused of attempted murder and other felony offenses.

The allegations stem from an altercation at the victim’s Mangilao home about a potentially stolen bush cutter.

The victim told police it may have belonged to someone he knows.

That Wednesday morning, Jackson went to his truck and pulled out a machete and told the victim, “I’m gonna…kill you,” court documents stated.

The victim told police that he dodged Jackson’s attempt to stab him in the chest, but the altercation continued.

“Jackson swung the machete at the victim’s head, but he blocked the blow with his left hand. Jackson swung the blade at the victim’s head again and the victim blocked the blow with his right hand,” reads the complaint.

The victim called the police after he managed to flee the assault, telling police he feared for his life and believes that if he didn’t run away Jackson would have killed him.

Police noted “serious lacerations to both of the victim’s hands” and specified that the victim’s left hand was bleeding profusely. 

There was also damage to a “no trespassing” sign on the victim’s property and to a PVC pipe the victim told police Jackson used to strike the sign.

Jackson admitted to police that he swung a machete at the victim during the altercation but denied cutting him. 

He told police the injuries were caused by the victim falling, according to court documents.

Jackson was arrested and taken to the Dededo Precinct to be booked and confined.

The victim also present at the precinct told police, “we all know what happened; however, he will never admit to it.”

“Jackson then stated that the victim deserved what he had done to him,” states the complaint.

The Office of the Attorney General charged Jackson with attempted murder as a first-degree felony; aggravated assault as a second-degree felony and terrorizing.

Each offense carries the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.