Machete attack victim identified suspect Tyrus Vanmatre

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - The badly-injured victim of a machete attack in the woods of Summit County was able to identify his attacker after waking up from surgery.

The 18-year-old victim was found covered in blood and stumbling along Swan Mountain Road east of Sapphire Point at 3 a.m. on June 17, the sheriff's office said. He had multiple obvious lacerations to his face.

The sheriff's office says the victim was taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco and then flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver for treatment of his severe injuries.

Prior to undergoing surgery, the teenager was able to say he knew who attacked him. After the surgery, he was able to tell detectives the identity of the alleged attacker.

Tyrus Vanmatre, 20, of Littleton, allegedly drove the victim to Summit County under false pretenses. The sheriff's office says he had "specific intent to kill the victim."

"After arriving in Summit County, Vanmatre lured the victim into the woods near Sapphire Point on Swan Mountain Road, in unincorporated Summit County. After arriving at a predetermined location, Vanmatre began to attack the victim with a machete," the sheriff's office wrote. "The victim was able to fight back and ultimately escaped Vanmatre’s attack. Due to the night darkness, the victim was able to hide and elude Vanmatre's searching."

A warrant was issued for Vanmatre on June 18, for the charges of attempted murder in the first degree, conspiracy, assault in the first degree and menacing. He was arrested and remains in custody.

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