A woman's three fingers were chopped off on Friday night while she was walking home after attending a church service at Talparo.
The victim could not say why she was chopped.
Police said around 7 p.m. Margaret Estrada, 64, was walking to her Phipps Trace, Talparo, home after attending the service, when she was approached by a man wearing a black T-shirt and pants.
The man spoke to her, following which he withdrew a cutlass from his waist and began chopping the woman about her head and face.
As Estrada shielded herself, the suspect severed three fingers from her left hand. The man then fled when he heard the woman's neighbours screaming.
Estrada was taken to the Arima District Hospital, where she was stabilised. She was then transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mt Hope, where she remained in stable condition last night.
A team of officers, led Supt Nelson and Insp Williams, searched for the man but he remained on the run last night.
According to police, the man was not known to Estrada.
Police said they spoke to the victim, her relatives and her neighbours, but none could say what caused the man to attack her, as she is well loved in her community.
Arima CID officers are continuing investigations.