A Chattanooga man testified Tuesday that he was attacked by a man wielding a machete while sitting on his own front porch on the night of Sept. 20.
Testifying in the courtroom of General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes, Ronald Cain said he was sitting outside with Larry Lebron “Lovebug” Parker (who also goes by Brown) when Parker accused him of taking his cell phone. He said that led to a physical altercation. According to the witness, Parker proceeded to pull out a machete.
The victim was taken to Erlanger Hospital when his girlfriend, Tonia Boyd, discovered him unconscious and covered in blood in the front yard at 12 N. Kelly St. a short time after the attack.
He said he does not remember much after he was hit until he woke up in pain in the hospital. However, before becoming unconscious, he does recall another man joining Parker in the attack who went by the nickname “Fatboy.” He said “Fatboy” hit him with some type of wooden object.
Investigator Karl Fields testified at the hearing at which Judge Starnes, having seen pictures of the victim’s injuries in the hospital and a few days after the incident, bound charges to the grand jury against Parker. The judge noted, “At the hospital (Cain) was on a breathing machine. There was blood all over his forehead.”
Detective Fields also said that Mr. Cain’s forearm was cut, that he had bruises all over his torso, and that his mouth had to be wired shut because of multiple fractures.
Judge Starnes said Parker is a danger to the community, and bail was raised to $100,000.
Police are still investigating the whereabouts of “Fatboy.”