SUNNYSIDE - Sunnyside police are searching for a woman who was apparently cut by a sword early Wednesday while allegedly breaking into a home.
Mickie Flores, 42, left before officers arrived at 128 Nicolai Ave.
Sunnyside police Sgt. John Chumley said police are "highly concerned" about her injury. Officers found blood leading from inside the home to the driveway, he said.
Police were called at 3:20 a.m. by the resident, Michael Reynolds, who reported that he armed himself with a sword and hid inside when he heard people outside, Chumley said.
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Reynolds, 60, said two people got into the home and he struck one on the shoulder with the sword.
Reynolds identified the person as Flores, whom he had reportedly chased out of his home about 13 hours earlier, Chumley said.
On Monday afternoon, neighbors called police and reported Reynolds had a machete. Investigators determined he armed himself with a machete and chased Flores off his property, swatting her with the flat side of the blade, Chumley said.
Reynolds was arrested at that time on suspicion of fourth-degree assault and brandishing a dangerous weapon.
Flores again fled before police arrived and did not file a complaint.
Reynolds has told police he has no domestic relationship with Flores. It's not clear why she was at the house.
Flores is described as being 5-foot-1, with a slender build, medium complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.