Music Industry Exec Remains In Critical Condition Following Machete Attack
WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A music industry veteran remained in critical condition Monday after he and his girlfriend were attacked with a machete over the weekend in the San Fernando Valley.
Jerry Sharell and his new girlfriend, Gigi Vasseghi, were attacked around 8 a.m. Sunday in the 4700 block of Nomad Drive in Woodland Hills, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
According to officials, Sharell and the woman were held hostage for several hours by her ex-husband, 57-year-old Behnam Vasseghi, after he arrived at the couple’s home with a machete, scalpel and flowers.
Vasseghi allegedly attacked Sharell first and then stabbed himself, according to police.
“He asked his ex-wife to watch as he killed himself,” Sgt. Jeff Nuttall said.
Gigi, who suffered only minor injuries in the attack, was able to escape and call police. Authorities said that she filed a restraining order against her ex on Aug. 27, and their marriage had a history of domestic violence.
Sharell had also filed a restraining order against him on July 1.
Vasseghi and Sharell were transported to Northridge Hospital Medical Center in critical condition.
Both men are expected to survive, authorities said.
Vasseghi was arrested Monday on attempted murder charges.