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Man Cuts Off Girlfriend’s Finger, Goes on Wild Ride

October 3, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man cut off one of his girlfriend’s fingers with a machete, then drove off and hit two people with his car before crashing into a police station, authorities said.

Sergio Vega, 39, gave police no motive for the attack, but said he was upset at the prospect of being deported to the Dominican Republic for a drug conviction, according to Sgt. John Clifford, a police spokesman.

Vega told police he attacked his girlfriend, Loida Rodriguez, 30, early Monday as she slept in his apartment, authorities said.

He then drove away and struck 14-year-old Alexandra Cohen as she was walking to school, dragging her for a block, authorities said. Shortly afterward, he struck Ana Ramos, 35, on a street corner, police said.

Vega drove on until his car slammed into the station, Clifford said. He got out of the car and surrendered, Clifford said. Vega was taken to Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center for minor injuries.

Police found Ms. Rodriguez unconscious and bleeding in the apartment. Her right index finger had been severed, three fingers on her left hand had been cut and she had slash marks on her head and face, Clifford said.

She was listed as stable at Lincoln Hospital.

Cohen was in serious condition, while Ramos was treated at a hospital and released.

Vega was charged with attempted murder, two counts of vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, believed to be cocaine, Clifford said.

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