Jacksboro man recovering after being attacked by machete

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By Beth Braden

JACKSBORO— A Jacksboro man is recovering from lacerations to his head and hip after his girlfriend’s ex-lover allegedly attacked him. 

Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Carroll was dispatched to LaFollette Medical Center late on June 19 about a possible stabbing. The victim told Carroll that he had been to Lake City to pick up his girlfriend, Casey Dunn, and then returned to his home on Mount Paran Road. 

When they arrived at the victim’s home, a dark colored Chevy pick-up truck was in the driveway. The victim left his vehicle and approached the truck when he was apparently struck from behind. The victim identified his attacker as Pablo Carmona, 30, 2652 Dearing Way, Knoxville. Carmona is Dunn’s ex-boyfriend. 

The two men reportedly fought briefly, and Carmona and Dunn left in Carmona’s truck. The victim drove himself to his brother’s house and was taken to the hospital. The victim’s brother, Thomas Loveday, told police that Carmona appeared to be holding a “large knife.” 

A nurse at the hospital reportedly confirmed that the victim’s injuries appeared to be from a blade and not from blunt force trauma. The weapon, identified as a machete, was reportedly 28-to-32 inches in length.

A search of the scene revealed a broken ax handle, according to the deputy’s  report.

On June 21, Campbell County and Knox County deputies converged on Carmona’s northwest Knox County home to arrest him for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated criminal trespassing and unlawful possession of a weapon. Police later learned Carmona saw them arrive and was in possession of an assault-type rifle. He was arrested without incident. 

He’s lodged at the Campbell County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.