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Pa. Man Cuts Burglar's Hand Off With Machete: Police

A Northampton homeowner told police he used a machete to cut off a home invasion suspect's hand. NBC10's Drew Smith spoke with neighbors who are shocked by the ordeal. (Published Sunday, July 3, 2016)

Officials in eastern Pennsylvania say a man who said he was attacked by two masked men during a home invasion cut off the hand of one of them with a machete.

Bethlehem police said a man was dumped at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday at the emergency ward at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg with a severed hand and multiple lacerations.

Chief Mark DiLuzio said the injuries stemmed from an incident in Northampton, where a resident told The (Allentown) Morning Call that his 28-year-old son was attacked as he was sleeping in the basement of their home.

He said two masked men crept inside through a cellar door and fired several shots from a BB gun, so his son grabbed a machete and started swinging.

"You gotta know what you're going into before you do something like that," said Dave Dorvo, the homeowner's neighbor. "It had to be something serious if you're going to defend yourself with a machete."

Northampton police haven't commented on their investigation.

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