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Man critically injured in vicious machete and chain attack in Burien

BURIEN, Wash. -- A 39-year-old Burien man coming to the aid of a homeless man being harassed was attacked by two men with a machete and a chain, leaving him critically injured Wednesday, the King County Sheriff's Office said.

Spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said two intoxicated men came out of a restaurant near SW 148th Street and 1st Avenue SW in Burien and began attacking a passing homeless man, pushing over his bike and cart containing his belongings and his dog.

Abbott said the two assailants turned on someone who tried to intervene, striking him with a machete and a long chain.

When officers arrived, the man was rushed in critical condition to Harborview Medical Center.

Two men -- a 25-year-old and a 30-year-old -- were arrested and were to be booked into the King County Jail on felony assault charges, Abbott said.

"It sounds like a really random attack," Abbott said, adding that he didn't think the two suspects in custody knew the other transient man or the good Samaritan.