(CBS) EAST NAPLES, Fla. - An East Naples father nearly had his finger severed while protecting his daughter and her friends from a machete-wielding man who tried to flee with stolen beer on a bicycle, CBS Tampa reports.
The 42-year-old man was throwing a party for his daughter when an acquaintance showed up and began loading beer into plastic bags. When the host tried to stop him from riding away on his bicycle, the beer thief pulled a machete out of his waistband, according to an incident report.
As the father lifted his hand to defend himself and the partygoers, the man swung the machete and sliced the host's right pinkie finger until it dangled, Naples News reported. The man then fled on his bicycle.
The victim was taken to Physicians Regional Hospital, where a doctor said the finger was stitched back on, a report said.
The incident is under investigation by the Naples Sheriff's Office.