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Machete-wielding man accused of Columbia car theft

He was just trying to warm up his car. He ended up getting cut with a machete.

Deputies say Manuel Grajalez-Lopez tried to steal a car that was idling on Demaret Drive in east Columbia near I-70 at about 7 p.m. Sunday. He wound up crashing on the icy road into a pile of debris.

The victim tried to confront Grajalez-Lopez, and he allegedly gave the victim a small cut with the machete.

Grajalez-Lopez, 35, is now in jail for tampering, assault, armed criminal action, and property damage. He has no bond at Boone County Jail, on a federal immigration detainer.

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