Family of Man Attacked By Machete Living In Fear

by Anayeli Ruiz 
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A machete attack in Big Spring and the suspect remains on the run. Now the family of the victim is speaking out. NewsWest 9 learned more about what happened and why it has the family scared.

It all started on Sunday morning. Earnest Gomez was drinking with a friend at his home.

"My uncle said it's time for you to go. It's getting late, I need to go to sleep. My uncle went in to the restroom came out. He peppered sprayed his eyes," Ann Castillo, the niece of Earnest Gomez, said.

Gomez was then attacked by his friend.

"For some reason this male subject went berserk, picked up numerous items and struck the victim with them. One was a machete and he left the scene," Tony Everett, with the Big Spring Police Department, said.

Gomez had to crawl out of his house to get help.

"My uncle came knocking on the neighbor's door. The neighbors didn't hear him so he like crawled down the alley to my parents house down on Tucson. I called the ambulance and called the cops," Castillo said.

Castillo was the one that called police when she saw her uncle covered in blood. She said she couldn't believe her eyes.

"I just dropped to my knees and started crying because I had never seen my uncle like that. I thought he was going to die by the way I saw him. He crawled and lost a lot of blood," Castillo said.

Gomez was transported to Scenic Mountain Hospital and was later airlifted to Lubbock.

"He was bad, he had cuts all through his head. His hands, you could see on the other side of his hands And he was just beaten to death," Gomez said.

Police found a machete in the alley and it was the one that Earnest Gomez was attacked with on Sunday morning.

"We have focused on an individual that we believe is responsible for this and we are going to continue to work that angle," Everett said.

Until the suspect is found, Gomez family is living in fear. They are scared that the attacker will strike again.

"Yes I'm actually afraid that he is going to be hiding somewhere and looking and trying to get to us," Castillo said.

If you have any information, you are told to contact police.