Security camera video shows men who attacked 9-year-old with machete in Covington

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Posted at 11:36 PM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-12 23:36:58-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — The footage, recorded by the security camera of David Dees, shows the moments leading up to the attack of a Covington 9-year-old by three men.

A tree partially obscures the scene, but the footage clearly shows a man raising a large machete and brandishing it in a threatening manner.

Esteban Portuges, 36, is currently being held in the Kenton County Detention Center facing second-degree assault charges and is being detained on an immigration charge.

The 9-year-old was struck in the back, causing a wound 3-inches deep and 2-inches long. The child was transported to Children's Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.