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Posted: Feb 25, 2013 6:26 PM

Updated: Feb 25, 2013 8:35 PM

SAN JUAN - Surveillance video shows the moments before two men broke into a home and attacked a woman Sunday in San Juan.

The suspects cut the phone line and two of the lines to the surveillance cameras, police said.

The images show one of the men carrying a machete and a piece of lumber. The man, Luis Rodriguez, 21, struck a woman in the head with the piece of lumber when she woke up and found them in her house, officials said. The woman's 14-year-old son pinned the suspect down until police arrived.

The woman suffered a severe gash on her head. Doctors used 10 staples to close the wound.

"It's just hard, like a movie ... (like the) stuff that's happening right now across the border," the victim's son-in-law said of the surveillance video.

Police said the men cased the house for at least an hour before the crime. Police found the piece of lumber, a glove and duct tape. They could not find the machete.

San Juan police are searching for the second suspect in the case.

Rodriguez went before a judge Monday shortly after he was released from a hospital. He was injured during the scuffle with the teenager.

Police said the teenager called police while he restrained Rodriguez.

The teen made the first of two calls to 911 at 3:45 a.m. while he had Rodriguez in a choke hold. The teen was not able to speak during the first call. He called again three minutes later.

"We have an emergency at East Carol," the teen told the 911 dispatcher.

"There's a guy attacking my mom. She's bleeding. Please come," the teen said.

"He was attacking my mom. I have him pinned down sir. Please come," the teen said.

"I was smacking him behind the skull ... probably 15 or 20 times until the point he was fading away," the teen told CHANNEL 5 NEWS a day after the attack.

"It got to the point where he was too weak to do anything, so I had my legs wrapped around him," he said.

Anyone with information on the second suspect's whereabouts should call San Juan Crime Stoppers at 956-283-8477.

Topics: luis rodriguez, san juan, attack, suspect, arrest

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