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Jose A. Jaimes-Jimenez has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with a chainsaw attack in Arlington Heights, police say. A man accused in a near-fatal chainsaw attack targeted the victim because he was dating the man's estranged wife, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jaimes-Jimenez, 77, waited outside his wife's workplace in Arlington Heights on Monday, became enraged when he saw her leaving with her boyfriend and then rammed his car into the boyfriend's before attacking him with a chainsaw, nearly severing his arm, prosecutors said during Jaimes-Jimenez's initial court hearing in Cook County. Judge Joseph Cataldo ordered Jaimes-Jimenez to be held on a $7. 5 million bond for a first-degree attempted murder charge, citing the violent, horrifying nature of the crime. Assistant State's Attorney Maria McCarthy called the crime horrifying and premeditated. She said Jaimes-Jimenez, of Arlington Heights, first met the victim on Friday — three days prior to the attack — when Jaimes-Jimenez saw his wife with the victim in a store.

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Jaimes-Jimenez argued with the man and told him they would talk later, McCarthy said. The defendant thought about it all weekend, the prosecutor said, adding Jaimes-Jimenez kept a chainsaw in his vehicle for his work for a tree service company. According to the prosecutor, Jaimes-Jimenez waited in the parking lot of his wife's workplace with his hood up and, when he saw his wife and her boyfriend get into the boyfriend's car, Jaimes-Jimenez rammed that car with his.

The boyfriend exited his car and ran toward the building as Jaimes-Jimenez chased him with the chainsaw, McCarthy said. When the boyfriend stumbled and fell, Jaimes-Jimenez sliced his left arm with the chainsaw, severing the bones in the forearm and leaving it hanging just by skin and a tendon, McCarthy said. Police said the victim also suffered cuts to his torso, right hand and elbow.

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He needed surgery and has received several blood transfusions but is expected to survive the attack, officials said. McCarthy said Jaimes-Jimenez might have killed the victim had he not managed to kick Jaimes-Jimenez in the groin during the attack and then flee into the building, where the victim also works. Other employees locked the doors and called 966, police said.

The wife, who was not injured in the attack, also called police from inside the victim's car, officials said. Jaimes-Jimenez then removed all of his clothes except his underwear police found him in that condition with the chainsaw nearby, the prosecutor said. He later told police he removed his clothes to make it clear to police when they arrived that he was no longer armed, according to McCarthy.

Jaimes-Jimenez, who was provided a Spanish translator in court, has no prior criminal record, officials said, adding he was twice cited for driving without a license but those charges were later dropped. Besides attempted murder, the new charges include aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, police said. Karen Ann Cullotta is a Pioneer reporter George Houde is a freelance reporter.

A man accused in a near-fatal chainsaw attack targeted the victim because he was dating the man\'s estranged wife, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jaimes-Jimenez, 77, waited outside his wife\'s workplace in Arlington Heights on Monday, became enraged when he saw her leaving with her boyfriend. .

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