A man suffered severe injuries when he was hacked in the head with a machete while confronting a group of thieves in France, according to reports.
The incident unfolded shortly after midnight on Sunday in Lewarde, a commune in the Nord department.
The victim noticed three suspicious characters looking into parked cars near his residence and approached them.
"Fearing that they were preparing a robbery, the resident came out to ask them to leave," Actu 17 reports.
"Displeased, one of the suspects then approached him and struck him in the head with a machete."
The man collapsed to the ground and the trio fled the scene.
Police launched an investigation and located an 18-year-old male who is reportedly "known in the neighborhood."
The suspect was quickly arrested and found to be heavily intoxicated at the time.
The victim was transported to hospital and treated for a broken jaw and head wound. He is expected to recover.
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