Man charged in ax attack

February 10, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

Man charged in ax attack

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man was struck in the head with an ax Monday night and his brother's father-in-law was charged in the attack, Charles Town Police said Tuesday.

Thomas Rickard, age unavailable, was attacked at his brother's 202 S. Samuel St. home, police said.

He was released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital after his wound was stitched, police said.

Police charged Carl F. Hearn, 58, with malicious wounding. Hearn was released from custody after posting $75,000 bond.

Hearn was taken into custody shortly before midnight. As officers led him away, family members and friends allegedly tried to stop them.

One man, Keith A. Anderson, and two juveniles were charged with obstructing police officers in the lawful performance of their duties, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.


Hearn pleaded guilty on Sept. 23, 1988, to voluntary manslaughter and unlawful wounding for a March 21, 1987, shooting that killed Herbert Woodward and wounded Danny R. Bowles, according to Jefferson County court records.

Woodward was the driver of a pickup truck and Bowles a passenger when Hearn fired a rifle into the truck's cab, according to court records.

Hearn was sentenced to one year in jail in the 1987 case, according to court records.

Monday night, Rickard went to 202 S. Samuel St. to confront his brother about an explicit card that he believed had been sent by his brother's wife, said Charles Town Police Officer Ronda Witt.

As the two spoke, Rickard was struck with the ax, Witt said.

Rickard was knocked to the ground by the force of the ax, according to charging documents.

Rickard scrambled to his feet and escaped as the attacker prepared to strike him a second time with the ax, according to Witt and charging documents.

Rickard then went to the Charles Town Police Department, where Witt was at her desk.

She rushed him to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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