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2 women arrested for Halloween night attacks in Placerville

November 3, 2021 GMT

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two women were arrested after allegedly attacking two people with a “hatchet-like weapon” in Placerville on Halloween night, police said Tuesday.

Theodora Economou and Vivian Bertrand were booked into the El Dorado County jail Sunday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Economou faces an additional charge of mayhem, the Placerville Police Department said in a statement.

It was not immediately known if they have an attorney who can speak on their behalf.

Police responded to Main Street in Placerville on Sunday night to reports of an assault in progress and found a woman with a severe facial wound near her left eye, police said.

Economou and Bertrand were allegedly damaging private property on Main Street when the woman confronted them and asked them to stop. The two suspects then attacked the woman, cutting her face. A male friend who was with the female victim tried to stop the attack but Bertrand attacked him with “an edged weapon,” injuring his left thumb. The two women then fled, police said.

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The male victim and other witnesses chased the suspects and were able to detain Bertrand until officers arrived. Economou jumped over a chained linked fence and into a creek, where after an extensive search, officers found her hiding beneath heavy shrubbery, the department said.

“During the investigation, officers recovered a small hatchet-like weapon that was used to assault the female victim,” it said.

The female victim suffered a severe injury on her face and was transported to a medical facility for treatment. The male victim received on-scene treatment for his injury from medical personnel and later sought medical treatment at a hospital, police said.