This is the shocking moment a young man suddenly runs across the street and attacks an elderly man with an axe, leaving him bloodied and dazed on the pavement.
The incident was filmed in the neighbourhood of Echesortu in the city of Rosario in the Argentine province of Santa Fe on Tuesday afternoon.
After allegedly attacking the 63-year-old victim, named as Juan, with the axe, the 26-year-old suspect, name not disclosed, reportedly returned to his boarding house and started cooking a meal.
According to the news site Minuto Uno, the victim was crossing the street to visit a swimming pool when the young suspect suddenly abandoned the bike he used for his delivery job to intercept him and attack him with the axe.
In the footage, the suspect is seen leaving his bike in the road to run over to the victim.
In the next scene, the 63-year-old victim is seen falling to the ground after apparently receiving a blow to the head.
As the suspect swings the axe at him several times, the victim fends him off with his feet and hands.
The suspect leaves the scene and Juan gingerly gets to his feet with blood pouring onto his shirt and the pavement.
He reportedly sustained a blow to the forehead and was taken to hospital where he received 10 stitches to the wound. A CT scan revealed that there was no damage to his brain, according to Minuto Uno.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old suspect has been placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder.
The victim’s son, name not reported, told local media that the two men worked together at a local supermarket and that he assaulted two of Juan’s sons some time ago.
The son added: “He is not someone who is not in his right mind. My father was attacked without saying anything, for no reason.”
He also said that the attacker’s name is Leo and that he lives in a boarding house close to the family’s home.
The son said: “It is very hard to see your dad lying on the ground, covered in blood, while some guy hits him with an axe.”
Eyewitnesses said that after attacking Juan, the suspect went home on his bike and began to cook a meal.
The investigation is ongoing.