Man charged with attempted murder in Arlington Heights chainsaw attack, police say

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Jose Jaimes-Jiminez
Arlington Heights Police Department

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) -- A man has been charged with attempted first degree murder after attacking another man with a chainsaw in the parking lot of an office park Monday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

Jose Jaimes-Jiminez, 27, of Arlington Heights has been charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated battery, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department.

Police said the attack happened in the 500-block of Golf Road, and that Jaimes-Jiminez and the victim knew each other.

Witnesses said the attack was as odd in the moment as it sounds afterward. They said that just after lunch time, they saw a man sitting in a blue car with a chainsaw. When another man in a silver car pulled into the parking lot, the man in the blue car rammed him and then jumped out and began attacking him with the chainsaw.

The victim then tried to get away by running into his place of business, witnesses said. Paramedics raced him away on a stretcher, profusely bleeding from the arm. Witnesses said the chainsaw jammed when the attacker went for the victim's leg. Police said the victim sustained a critical but not life-threatening injury and is expected to be okay.

Filming on his cell phone throughout the incident, Brandon Biel found out how the scene straight from a horror movie played out just after the lunch hour.

"He drove his car into theirs, came out with a chainsaw, got him in the arm and he ran into his workplace," Biel said.

Police said that's exactly how it played out.