Group with machetes, hammers bashes La Mesa home

Posted at 6:43 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 21:50:29-04

LA MESA, Calif. - Two La Mesa women woke up to "10 minutes of terror" when a group wielding hammers and machetes caused mayhem outside their home.

The ordeal played out around 3 a.m. Tuesday outside the house in the southern part of La Mesa.

"I heard a loud banging at our front door. And then another one, and then another one. I tried to convince myself I was dreaming," said Sara Wright.

Wright said she looked outside her bedroom window and saw 4 to 6 silhouettes trying to bash their way into her home. A dent where a machete was used on the door remains visible.

"They were screaming about names that I didn't recognize," said Wright.

Wright describes the men and at least one woman -- all in their 20s -- as "not being in their right minds."

She said some were armed with machetes and others held hammers, with all aimed at her car in the driveway.

"One bashed the back window several times. I saw one go around the car and another around the other way. Boom, window gone. Boom, window gone," Wright said.

By this time, Wright said her roommate was outside the house.

"She told them to stop, that they had the wrong people," said Wright.

However, Wright said the group wasn't having it.

"They held the machete up to my roommate's face and said something along the lines of 'I'm going to (expletive) kill you," said Wright.

Inside, Wright was calling 911.

"Of course I'm flipping in my mind ... what if they come in? What if they hurt my roommate?" said Wright.

Wright, who recently moved in, believes the group drove off about 10 minutes later when they realized they were at the wrong place.

"But as they left, they made their intentions clear. They're coming back. I don't feel safe. How could I?" said Wright.

Wright said the group was driving a red minivan.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call La Mesa police.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with the costs of repairing Wright's car.