WEST COVINA, Calif. (KTLA) — An unidentified man is hospitalized Wednesday after reportedly trying to cut off his arms with a saw at a Home Depot store.
It happened just after noon at The Home Depot on Azusa Avenue.
Witnesses say the man walked down an aisle, picked one a hand saw and started cutting his arms.
“He just began sawing away,” Lt. Rudy Lopez told The L.A. Times.
“He was pretty much intent on doing what he did.”
An employee saw what was happening and rushed to help the man.
People at the store, including an off-duty paramedic, were able to control the bleeding until help arrived.
He was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
No word on his condition. The store was closed for the rest of the day.
Can't you just hear the frantic Home Depot employee on the loud speaker screaming "It's all hands on deck in power tools. Code Red!"
Did they make him pay for the saw?
Lord. Another thread about Lesbian Drama?
If he cut off only one arm, he wouldn't be eligible for disability. That's why he was aiming for both.
I guess that's one way to deal with a problem of excessive masturbation.
[quote] I guess that's one way to deal with a problem of excessive masturbation.
Someone should suggest this to Lena Dunham.
The butch lesbian sales associate would be up in arms.
What was on his Ipod?
The First Cut is the Deepest ~ Cat Stevens
It's obvious he's not too smart if he went to Home Depot for this purpose. Everyone knows that Lowe's has better power saws.
And five day laborers ran in to help him saw his arms off for $5.00 apiece!
Was it by any chance possessed by an evil spirit?
It's obvious that this is a BIID person. Those freaks will purposely maim and cripple themselves. He probably wanted his arm lopped off but was too chicken to do it himself so he went to a public place and did a lot of damage to insure amputation, he is probably hoping that he did too much damage for his arm to be saved and now the doctors will amputate it for him. They won't, they are hip to these BIID assholes.
The mentally ill commit some of the most gruesome acts on others and on themselves.
Remember that Chinese immigrant in Canada who mutilated and ate another passenger on a Greyhound bus?
The more gruesome a crime, the more likely it is committed by someone suffering from mental delusions.
I've been to that Home Depot. The most unbelievable part of the story is that there was an employee around to help him.
I guess this answers the question of what do I have to do to get some fucking assistance at Home Depot. Because seriously, I have waited forever to get a key copied.
LOL @ R26
I've tried to gouge out my eyes at Walmart. Does that count?
[bold] Man who sawed arms in Home Depot still critical [/bold]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who intentionally sawed his arms to the bone in a Home Depot store in California remained hospitalized in critical condition on Thursday while investigators tried to determine what led to the horrific action.
The man, whose name wasn't released, underwent surgery and was in intensive care, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said.
"He's still not speaking," Lopez said. "We don't know anything about his history, motive, concerns at this point."
Police said the man grabbed several small saws, including one meant to cut drywall, and injured himself Wednesday in a Home Depot store in West Covina, a suburb east of Los Angeles.
An off-duty Pasadena Fire Department paramedic used rope and cloths from the shelves to make a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding before West Covina paramedics arrived to take over.
"I'm not on duty, I don't have all the equipment that I normally have," Capt. Art Hurtado said Thursday.
"I kind of MacGyver-ed it," he added, referring to the 1980s TV show about a secret agent who used whatever materials he could find to solve problems.
Hurtado, 51, a firefighter for 21 years, had stopped by the store with his wife to pick up material to replace the trim on his daughter's house.
As he arrived, he noticed police cars. When officers pulled on medical gloves, Hurtado followed them into the store.
"It's just mayhem in there," he recalled. 'Somebody's screaming in there as they're approaching the door that there's blood everywhere."
Hurtado saw blood in several aisles and people running around hysterically.
He walked down an aisle and saw police officers next to a man lying face down in a pool of blood.
"It looks like a crime scene to me, a dead body," he said. "There's splatter everywhere, I'd say another 50, 75 feet of blood."
Hurtado told the store manager that he was a paramedic and he was allowed to move in. He and the officers flipped the man over. He was barely breathing and had no neck pulse.
Hurtado knew he had to do something.
He called for quarter-inch rope and said he would have used his shoelaces if none was available. Somebody grabbed a package of rope from a store shelf. Hurtado had a police officer cut 24-inch sections and he used it and shop towels to make a tourniquet for one arm.
The man started to come around, moaning, and arriving West Covina paramedics took over.
Hurtado, who was working without protective gloves, cleaned up with hand sanitizer.
He said the man had cut through nerves, tendons and arteries to the bone above both elbows. Without fast medical help, he could have died, Hurtado said.
"It's just things you do instinctively. I'm here to serve," he said. "Any one of my brothers and sisters in the department would have done the same thing."
Did he use his feet to cut his arms? How the hell did he cut that deep into both arms?
Definitely religion-induced psychotic break.
"And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
r32, the article says he used more than one saw, but I imagine you could do both arms at the same time with something like this.
He didn't use a power saw, he used a drywall saw, the lamest of all saws.
They keep the live power saws away from the customers by making the employees enter a password to activate them.
(FYI, the password is usually the store number)
ER had something like this in an episode -- it was a drug addict and his girlfriend in need of a fix.
Gosh I hope they save this mentally ill guy's life so that he can go on that shooting or stabbing spree he is probably fantasizing about this very moment.
Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on him - at least he cut off his own arms and not his two-year old daughter's feet with a lawn mower like that brilliant dad in Florida.
Man forced to go to extreme measures to get customer service at Home Depot
When I was 16, there was a guy my age who killed himself, supposedly with a chainsaw. I didn't believe it.
Yes, R40, make this all about you.
What was on his Kindle?
A Farewell to Arms
Arms and the Man
"while investigators tried to determine what led to the horrific action."
He be nuts.
There. I've saved you a fortune.
God, I love you witty bitches!
Sounds like a Mexican area, so I'm thinking it was a mentally ill Mexican.
"Damian, it's all for you! It's all for YOU, Damian!"
He was depressed because the Nazis at Home Depot repaired all the glory holes there. It was the best cruising spot in the West Coast until those corporate cunts stopped all the fun.
R17 She has the ugliest arms I've ever seen. Maybe this deranged man though he was Lena Dunham!
Damn!You guys posted all the best punchlines!What can I add but...I've heard of therapy for compulsive shopping but isn't that a little extreme?Wait I'll try to do better?Did he forget to read the instruction manual or was this on purpose?Talk about an extreme cure for masochism!