A WOMAN has been rushed to hospital after allegedly being attacked with a machete in a park on the Gold Coast.
A man reportedly slashed the woman across the back of her legs with the weapon in parkland near the intersection of Brisbane Road and Olsen Ave, on the cusp of Arundel and Labrador, just before midday.
The incident is believed to have happened near Ngulli Bui Park, on the western side of Olsen Ave, around 11.45am.
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The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, sustained a deep laceration to the back of her knee, police said.
She was reportedly seen chasing the machete-wielding man immediately after the attack before seeking refuge at the nearby Labrador Tigers AFL Sports Club where she was treated by paramedics.
She has since been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition.
Scores of police, including the dog squad, have saturated the area in the search for the man who was last seen walking through bushland, armed with a “sword-like” machete strapped to his back.
It was first feared the attack may have been random, however, police now say they believe the man and woman may be known to each other.
No further information was available at the time of writing.