Machete attack victim describes fighting off attacker inside restaurant

Bill Foley

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– Bill Foley, a local singer and entertainer, was critically injured February 12, when Mohamed Barry walked into the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli on North Hamilton Road and attacked four people using a machete.

“I thought it was a domestic violence issue… And then it was chaos,” Foley told NBC4’s Dan Pearlman Monday.

Foley is the last of those victims to be released from the hospital after he was stabbed more than seven times. Monday, he described the attack.

“He went up to the next table and started attacking that table… and then he b-lined straight to me,” Foley said. “He [Barry] was stone faced. There was no reaction.”

Police credited the employees and patrons with acting quickly and observantly to fend off the man and help authorities catch him. Some threw chairs at the attacker, who’d been there about a half-hour earlier but left after a conversation with an employee.

“I jumped on top of him and grabbed him by the neck. I was trying to stick my thumbs in his mouth, in his nose and in his eyes,” said Foley. “I was holding him down but he was stabbing me and I just lost all power. So I crawled off of him down the hallway and into the office and I was behind the door and shaking and bleeding. I didn’t know if he was still in the building.”

Foley says he’s thankful and grateful to be alive, and he hopes to be back to singing soon.

“I will play at Nazareth again. We can all play at Nazareth again,” said Foley.

He also has a message to the thousands who showed him love and compassion.

“Keep your guard up and don’t let people people take advantage of you,” Foley said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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