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UPDATE: Suspect in Machete Attack to Face Attempted Murder Charge

Music executive in critical condition after machete attack by girlfriend's ex-husband.

UPDATE: Suspect in Machete Attack to Face Attempted Murder Charge

Update, 2:26 p.m., Tuesday: A 57-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated mayhem and other charges for an alleged machete attack on a former music industry veteran and his girlfriend at her Woodland Hills home. Behnam Vasseghi is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Van Nuys Superior Court.

Update, 12:01 p.m., Monday: A former music-industry veteran who worked with acts such as the Eagles and the Carpenters remained hospitalized Monday after being held hostage in a Woodland Hills home and stabbed in a rampage that police say was carried out by his girlfriend's machete-wielding ex-husband.

Police and relatives said Jerry Sharell and his girlfriend were accosted around 8 a.m. Sunday at the home in the 4700 block of Nomad Drive.

Police identified 57-year-old Behnam Vasseghi, as the suspect in the attack, according to  KCBS2

The suspect held the couple hostage for more than five hours, often interrogating Sharell, police said.

"He would ask a question and if he didn't like the answer he'd cut the boyfriend on the neck," Los Angeles police Sgt. Alex Kim said.

The ex-wife was eventually able to get away and call police, who initially thought they were responding to a possible burglary, Kim said. Responding officers ordered the suspect to come out and drop the machete, and he eventually complied, but not before slitting his own wrists.

Vasseghi and Sharell were both taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Both were expected to survive.

The ex-wife, who was cut as she tried to stop the attack, was treated at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Kim said. Police said the woman had a restraining order against her ex-husband.

Sharell's son, also named Jerry, told ABC7 the situation was "surreal."

"We obviously didn't know the ex-husband's history, and I don't know if my father knew either, because it's a crazy story," the son told the station.

Sharell had recently begun dating the woman after losing his wife to cancer. The victim's son told Channel 7 said he and other families have been fielding calls and messages from a variety of people in the music industry.

"I think we just want to say thank you," he told ABC7. "There've been some great postings and great reports out there, obviously in the music industry because people know him. I'm getting a lot of emails, our whole family is, and phone calls. It's nice because they all want to know how he's doing."

Sharell hosts a weekly radio show on KJazz titled "Sundays with Sinatra." He was hired by David Geffen in the 1970s to manage the Asylum Records label, which later became part of Elektra Records, where he worked with acts including Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Carly Simon, The Cars, Queen, Motley Crüe and Bread.

He later became a vice president at Westwood One radio network, and also chaired The Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. He also served as president/CEO of the nonprofit Society of Singers, helping to produce the annual Ella Awards gala that paid tribute to legendary artists.

-- City News Service


Update: Music industry veteran Jerry Sharell remained in critical condition Monday following a machete attack by the ex-husband of his new girlfriend. 

Police identified 57-year-old Behnam Vasseghi, who attempted suicide, as the suspect in the attack, according to KCBS2

Sharell and his girlfriend had been dating for three months after meeting at church, according to KTLA5.

Sharell helped launch the careers of The Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Motley Crüe, among others.

Previous story: A woman and her new boyfriend were held hostage for more than five hours and cut with a machete by her ex-husband before the woman got to a phone and called police, authorities said.

It happened at about 8 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 4700 block of Nomad Drive in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles police Sgt. Alex Kim said.

There was a restraining order against the ex-husband, Kim said.  "He would ask a question and if he didn't like the answer he'd cut the boyfriend on the neck."

Finally, the ex-wife was able to get away and call police, who thought they were responding to a possible burglary at first, the sergeant said.

Officers told the ex-husband to come out and drop the machete, and he complied, but had slit his wrists, Kim said.

The suspect and the victim -- identified as Jerry Sharell -- were both taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where the suspect was under a police watch, Kim said.

The ex-wife, cut as she tried to stop the attack, was treated at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, he said.

-- City News Service

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