Slidell teen charged with attempted murder; chops off man's lower ear

Slidell, La. - A 16 year-old is in police custody after he allegedly tried to kill a man using a machete.

A spokesman with the Slidell Police Department says last Thursday, Slidell Police responded to the 1700 block of Lynnwood Drive and found a 31-year-old victim with a substantial laceration to his neck area, and a 16 year-old suspect standing in the street holding a 28 inch machete.

Police immediately took the 16-year-old into custody who told police he tried to kill the victim.

After an argument between the 16-year-old and the 31-year-old, the juvenile grabbed a machete and attacked the victim from behind.

Police say the juvenile may have been trying to strike the victim in the neck, but instead, missed and chopped off the victim's right ear lobe.

The 16-year-old, who recently moved to Slidell a little over a month ago, previously lived in Los Angeles, California, and was allegedly part of the MS-13 gang. The juvenile's brother moved him to Slidell in hopes of giving him a better life.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is currently recovering from his injury. The 16-year-old juvenile was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder and is currently being held at the Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.