The British ex-pat is co-operating with police after the attack in the Spanish tourist hotspot of Costa Blanca. The victim needed 15 stitches after part of his nose he was sliced off
A British man who police say used a chainsaw to slice off the nose of a man after threatening him with a replica gun in a Spanish tourist hotspot has been arrested.
The unnamed Brit reportedly took the law into his own hands after he believed the man was a thief who was casing out his lock-up in the Costa Blanca town of San Isidro.
The 42-year-old reportedly attacked the 20-year-old Spaniard and another man in the area south of Alicante.
Police say he went on the attack after chasing the pair down in his car and the victim needed 15 stitches after having “part” of his nose sliced off.
The ex-pat is said to be fully co-operating with the police and has been released on bail pending an ongoing court probe after appearing before an investigating magistrate.
A police spokesman said: “The Civil Guard in Alicante has arrested a 42-year-old Brit in Rojales on suspicion of a crime of serious assault and another of threats to kill.
“The victim, a 20-year-old, needed 15 stitches to a wound caused by a chainsaw.
“The two men who filed a complaint said they were forced to stop on an industrial estate in San Isidro by a driver that had been pursuing them before blocking them off in the middle of the road.
“The suspect then got out of his car and threatened both of them with a pistol before taking the chainsaw out of his boot which he put through the window of the other vehicle on the passenger side.
“He damaged the car and after a struggle with the occupants, partially cut off his alleged victim’s nose.”
The police spokesman added: “The alleged aggressor has been the victim of several break-ins and allegedly took the law into his own hands after seeing the two men hanging around his premises in their vehicle.
“He was tracked down to a friend’s house in Rojales, confessed what he’d done and has been co-operating fully.
“The weapons used in the attack, a simulated gun and the chainsaw, have been seized.”
Police did not clarify in a statement about the incident whether they believe the two men the Brit targeted were suspected of planning a break-in, although a well-placed source said the injured Spaniard was not known to detectives.
Last August a brave Brit helped smash a gang staging violent robberies after he chased two thieves on a motorbike along a motorway on Spain’s Costa del Sol for around 20 miles.
One had attacked the 41-year-old expat as he arrived home in Mijas near Fuengirola before taking his £25,000 Rolex.
He went after them in his car, forcing them off the road after a 25-minute high-speed pursuit.
Police arrested a 35-year-old Italian at the scene and recovered the timepiece but his alleged accomplice, who was also identified as an Italian, managed to get away.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.