Man Tries to Cut Off His Arms at California Home Depot

Posted on 12 Apr 2013


It was a bloody scene at a Home Depot in West Covina, Calif., on Wednesday when a man entered the store and began sawing his arms off with a hand saw, scaring customers into a panic, according to local police.

The man, who is in his late 50s, is not being identified and is in critical condition. However both his arms were saved, a Queen of the Valley Hospital spokesperson said.Capt. Art Hurtado, an off-duty paramedic from Pasadena, said in a press conference Thursday that he was going to the store for supplies for a project and had stumbled upon police outside the store. He ran in to help with the scene and saw the man lying face down and surrounded by a pool of blood.“There was pandemonium when I walked into the store. A lot of chaos, people running in all directions,” Hurtado said.

“As I walked in, he was face down and I thought it was a crime scene with a fatality, that is how it seemed. There was a pulse, a very faint pulse and he was barely breathing. I knew I had to slow the bleeding down, or this patient may or may not make it.”Hurtado said he did not have the equipment he normally would have with him had he been working. So he immediately had to “engage in some cursory care” by asking for towels and rope, which he used to make a makeshift tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

“We started the tourniquet in his worst arm, and the dressings were applied to both,” he said. “We got him into a gurney, and he was taken to the local hospital.”

The man was taken to the hospital and his family was notified early Thursday morning, the hospital spokesperson said.Hurtado, who has served with the Pasadena Fire Department for 22 years, said he is always ready to help, whether he’s at work or not, because of his “training as a firefighter and a paramedic.”

“I am always on duty, just like any other brother and sister firefighter,” he added.Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot, told he commends all individuals involved in the rescue of the man.

“We greatly appreciate the fantastic support from the first responders, the city, and our employees and we’re all pulling for a full recovery for this individual,” Holmes said.

“It was obviously extremely tragic, and we want to show our appreciation to the city and the great job they did.”

The Home Depot was cleaned by a third-party hazardous-material team and opened for business as schedule Thursday, Holmes said.

via Man Tries to Cut Off His Arms at California Home Depot – ABC News.

“He’s still not speaking,” Lopez said. “We don’t know anything about his history, motive, concerns at this point.”

Police said the man grabbed several small saws, including one meant to cut drywall, and injured himself Wednesday in a Home Depot store in West Covina, a suburb east of Los Angeles.

via USA Today

Horrified shoppers could only watch as a “crazed” man tried to cut off his arms by sawing them both to the bone in a busy suburban Home Depot store in West Covina, Los Angeles.

Customers at the home improvement outlet watched as he grabbed several small saws – usually used to cut sheet rock – and began slicing open his arms.

Police are not releasing the identity of an Azusa man in his 50s who entered a local Home Depot on Wednesday and used three saws to cut his arms to the bone, police said.

The man was losing consciousness when a West Covina police officer and an off-duty paramedic from the Pasadena Fire Department came to his rescue.

via MercuryNews

The man had acted like any other customer when he walked into the Home Depot, until he grabbed several handsaws and began cutting into his upper limbs, reaching the bone, Lopez said. Police said it appeared that he had used at least three saws including one designed to cut drywall.

“The amount of pain that someone has to go through to continue to use the saw on yourself, to me I just can’t fathom that,” Lopez said.

The man survived surgery and it appears doctors were able to save his arms, Lopez said. Police said they have spoken with the man’s family and are trying to determine what caused him to hurt himself.

via ChiacagoTribune

According to the Los Angeles Times, a local California man at approximately 1:00pm Wednesday afternoon walked into the Home Depot on Azusa Avenue and went straight to the saw and cutting section. He grabbed several sawing tools down the aisle and began using them on his arms.

911 calls were made shortly after the man was discovered in his tracks, and by the time medical paramedics and police authorities arrived on the scene, the man was found lying unconscious on the ground in his pool of blood.

West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez in the same article stated, “He just began sawing away. He was pretty much intent on doing what he did.”

via CelebCafe

Horrific. Do the words West Covina appear in the Batman movie?

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