POLICE say they expect to charge a man over an alleged machete attack in Hamilton last night after staff from a nearby Beaumont Street hotel were forced to detain him.
Police said an 18-year-old man and his girlfriend were talking to a busker near the corner of Cleary and Beaumont Streets about 9.30pm when they heard a commotion behind them.
The pair turned to see four males allegedly attacking another man.
Police said the 18-year-old went to intervene when he was allegedly confronted by one of the men, who produced a machete from the front of his pants.
Police were told the man raised the blade above his head before striking the 18-year-old’s forearm.
The alleged victim escaped the area to avoid further injury, police said, while security staff from the nearby Kent Hotel intervened quickly after the alleged attack.
Police said staff secured the weapon and detained a man until police arrived and established a crime scene in the area.
The 18-year-old man was taken to the Mater Hospital for stitches, police said this morning, while a 24-year-old man was taken to the John Hunter Hospital with minor injuries.
Police said they expected to charge the 24-year-old with assault causing grievous bodily harm.