Archive for October, 2007

Detectives, suspect have not found sword used in fight

By Mark Petix, Staff Writer

October 2, 2007

MT. BALDY – An Ontario man accused of nearly cutting off a friend’s arm during a cabin sword fight was back on the mountain Monday with detectives searching for the weapon.

Wesley Brockway was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Sunday after a fight over the sword left an unidentified 27-year-old man and another man wounded.

Brockway, 26, was part of a group that hiked to a cabin off Mt. Baldy Road on Sunday afternoon.

A fight broke out about 3:30 p.m. after the group reached the cabin owned by the unidentified 27-year-old, who was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with severe injuries to his arm.

The third man was taken by friends to San Antonio Community Hospital for treatment of a cut to his hand.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Barker said after the fight, the sword was tossed outside the cabin.

Two detectives and Brockway went back to the cabin Monday to search the area for the weapon.

He could not say what started the fight or what type of sword was involved.

Detective Richard Busch, who took Brockway to the mountain, said the weapon has still not been found.

Busch said Brockway is still being interviewed and there are no new details on the investigation.


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The Facts So Far (part 1)

Man held after sword attack on companion on Mount Baldy trail

 11:09 a.m. October 1, 2007

MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE – A sword-wielding hiker nearly severed the arm of another man during a confrontation on a mountain trail, authorities said Monday.

Wesley Brockway, 26, of Ontario was booked for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon a short time after the Sunday afternoon attack, said Detective Sgt. Dave Barker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Brockway remained jailed Monday. There was no Brockway telephone listing in Ontario or surrounding areas.

Three men set off Sunday to meet a friend along the trail when an argument escalated and one of the hikers started swinging a baseball bat and another pulled out a large sword, investigators said.

“Evidently, he always goes hiking with a sword,” Barker said Monday. “One guy got his arm almost severed.”

The wounded man, whose name was withheld, was hospitalized at San Antonio Community Hospital. His condition Monday wasn’t disclosed.

Detectives were heading back up the mountain Monday to find the sword, the sergeant said.

The attack occurred in the San Gabriel Mountains 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles along the border of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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