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IRWINDALE, Calif. – A California man is accused of slashing two people with a machete in separate attacks at a homeless camp in Irwindale, authorities said.

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Fidel Esparza, 52, of La Puente, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting arrest, Irwindale police said in a news release. Two victims identified Esparza as the attacker in the September incidents, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

His bail was set at $50,000.

The attacks occurred Sept. 4 and Sept. 29 at the encampment, located on Army Corps of Engineers land in Irwindale, KTLA reported.

During the first attack, Esparza allegedly approached a woman in the camp and slashed her on the arm with a large machete knife, police said.

More than three weeks later, Esparza allegedly attacked a man during an altercation at the same homeless camp.

“The suspect was armed with a large machete knife and the victim was slashed on the hand and fingers,” police said in a news release.

Both victims knew the attacker and identified Esparza by name, KTLA reported.

Police spotted Esparza at about 10:59 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tribune. He was taken into custody after a brief chase on foot, the newspaper reported.

Several machetes were later recovered by investigators.

California man accused in machete attacks

Fidel Esparza is accused of attacking two people with machetes in two separate incidents last month.