Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man and a woman for beating a man with a machete.
On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the victim went to a woman’s home on the 8000 block of Oak Circle in Town ‘N’ Country. The victim was interested in renting a room from the woman, identified as Yamaiza Jimenez, 37, who he had been dating “on” and “off” again for the past couple of years.
Later that night, another man, identified as Mitchel Figueroa Pacheco, 47, came to visit Jimenez. The victim told detectives he confronted Jimenez after he observed her dancing with Figueroa Pacheco in an intimate way.
Jimenez escalated the argument to a physical altercation when she slapped him, grabbed a machete, and then began striking the victim with the back side of it. Figueroa Pacheco also punched the victim with a closed fist once inside the residence and again when the victim was in the car with the window down.
The victim managed to drive away and went to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was treated and discharged.
“Fortunately, the victim survived this savage attack,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “However, he does not speak English, and likely would not have reported it, had our deputies not been notified by hospital staff and then tracked him down. One of our bilingual deputies was able to interview the victim and get the information we needed to arrest the pair that beat him.”
Deputies arrested Yamaiza Jimenez and Mitchel Figueroa Pacheco. Jimenez was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Simple Battery. Figueroa Pacheco was charged with Felony Battery and Burglary of a Conveyance with Assualt or Battery.