Suspect swung machete at Denver bike rider 20 times, police report says

DENVER -- A bike rider in Denver was attacked by a man with a machete Thursday evening.

Justin Blaine Echols, 27, swung the blade around 20 times, a Denver police report says.

Police say it happened around 5:20 p.m. at the West 23rd Avenue bridge over Interstate 25.

David Young said he was riding by on his bike when he saw the skirmish. He said he stopped, grabbed his bike lock and prepared to keep Echols at a distance. Young said Echols then left.

Echols was later arrested and is being held for investigation of aggravated assault.

No photo of Echols is being released at this time.

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