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Man arrested for allegedly driving truck into bar, attacking man with machete

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man is in jail after Wilmington Police say he drove his car into a bar and attacked a man with a machete.

It happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday at 1015 S. Kerr Ave. Police say they found the front of the business smashed along with one man bleeding heavily from the head and another bleeding from the upper arm and torso.

Investigators say one of the men, Melvin Merardo Acevedo-Pineda, 32, had been drinking in the bar earlier in the evening. They say he left and came back, but was denied admittance because the bar was closed.

Police say Acevedo-Pineda got into his vehicle and intentionally drove through the front door of the business, then he backed up and parked. They say he got out and came in with a machete, hitting Dennis Troches, 29, on the shoulder and stomach. Troches defended himself with a barstool, police say, hitting Acevedo-Pineda over the head. Bar staff held him until officers arrived.

EMS treated Troches for lacerations. They took Acevedo-Pineda to Cape Fear Hospital for treatment before officers took him to jail, where he is being held under $100,000 bond. Police also say Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on him.

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