The person who was slashed and bloodied by a hatchet-swinging lunatic at a California gym last week has been identified as Punjabi actor Aman Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal showed off several large slashes that were stitched up and bandaged in photos he posted to social media and thanked everyone for his or her support.
“Hope everyone doing [sic] and by grace of God and yours blessings I’m feeling gratitude…..,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thanks for love and care and will likely be try to answer every call & msg ….”
The 41-year-old actor suffered wounds to his chest, arm, neck and head after he was attacked by a screaming assailant within the car parking zone of a Planet Fitness in Corona on the morning of March 14.
Ronald Chand, 30, allegedly sliced and stabbed Dhaliwal several times with each a hatchet and knife before the actor dashed into the Planet Fitness to attempt to get away.
Chand followed him inside and held him at knifepoint until Dhaliwal tried to fight back and 4 gym-goers jumped into motion — pouncing on the assailant, in response to footage of the assault.
The video shows Chand yelling at gym patrons to “Please respect us,” “Give me water” and “You wish to make the most of me,” while holding the actor at knifepoint.
The foursome held him down until police arrived and arrested him for attempted murder. Chand, of Santa Ana, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, where he’s being held on $1 million bail.
Dhaliwal, who was shown covered in blood within the video, was treated by first responders on the scene and rushed to an area hospital.
The model-turned-actor is understood for his roles in Punjabi and Hindi movies including “Ik Kudi Punjab Di” and “Ajj De Ranjhe.”