US Marshals arrest man accused of hitting 2 people with a machete

Nelson Hernandez-Palmas (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
Nelson Hernandez-Palmas (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
Cindy Cruz
Cindy Cruz

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man wanted for allegedly trying to kill two people in a nightclub parking lot with a machete has been caught.

The Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers said Nelson Hernandez-Palmas was arrested in Houston early Wednesday morning by the US Marshals. His alleged girlfriend, Cindy Cruz, was also arrested.

Hernandez-Palmas is facing two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly hit two people with a machete in the parking lot of the Los Diablos nightclub on Greenwell Springs Road in Baton Rouge.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Hernandez-Palmas hit a 17-year-old, slicing his nose and lip. Investigators added the second victim was a 20-year-old, who was hit in the head. The blow nearly cut off his scalp.

Cruz faces a charge of obstruction of justice. Detectives said she reported Hernandez-Palmas's vehicle stolen several hours after the fight and denied knowing him when speaking to deputies, but they later learned the two were in a relationship.

It is unknown when the pair will be extradited back to Baton Rouge to face charges.

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