JUST IN: Man accused of stealing chainsaw used in Lantana attack


A man who allegedly attacked a woman in Lantana with a chainsaw last week was back in court Monday, accused of stealing the power tool from his employer, according to an arrest report.

Juan Carlos Cabrera Jr.,  20, is facing charges of grand theft between $300 and $5,000 and burglary for allegedly stealing a $650 chainsaw from a truck belonging to his employer, the report said.

VIDEO:  See the man arrested in the chainsaw attack fight with officers at the Lantana police station.

Cabrera of West Palm Beach, allegedly used the chainsaw to attack a 64-year-old woman Feb. 27 outside the Super 8 motel in Lantana. The woman, who did not know Cabrera, sustained wounds to her chest and a severed left hand.

The woman is in fair condition at Delray Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.

The owner of a West Palm Beach tree-trimming company called Lantana police Feb. 28 after hearing news of the chainsaw attack.

The business owner told police that Cabrera had asked to borrow the chainsaw about a week after he was hired. Cabrera was told he could not borrow the mechanical saw because he wasn’t experienced enough to handle it.

After hearing of the attack, the owner did a quick inventory and found that one of his chainsaws was missing, the report said.

The missing chainsaw was allegedly the same one found in the trunk of Cabrera’s vehicle after he injured the woman.

Cabrera later admitted to going into the unlocked work truck and stealing the saw, according to police.

Cabrera faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder and was ordered held without bond last week. He is also facing a charge of aggravated battery on a law-enforcement officer after he punched a deputy at the Palm Beach County Jail while the deputy was attempting to hand him a granola bar.

On Monday, Judge Ted Booras ordered $5,000 bonds for Cabrera on the grand theft and burglary charges for allegedly stealing the chainsaw.

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