Police say a 54-year-old man beat his former partner with a hammer during what police are calling a domestic dispute in an Oak Park apartment on Jan. 13.
Odell Johnson, 54, whose address was unavailable, was arrested and charged with felony attempted murder and aggravated battery. Bond was set for Johnson at $100,000.
Johnson and the 48-year-old victim had formerly been partners, said Commander LaDon Reynolds. Nine days earlier, the victim had signed complaints for theft against Johnson after he allegedly had taken a cellphone, keys and wallet from the victim and locked him out of his apartment in the 400 block of South Maple Avenue. The loss was estimated at $350.
According to Reynolds, the victim invited Johnson to his home on Monday night for dinner. Johnson arrived intoxicated, police reported. After the two had been drinking, they got into an argument that turned physical close to midnight, Reynolds said.
According to the police report, the victim left Johnson in the living room and turned his back to enter his bedroom. Johnson removed a hammer from a shelf near the victim's bedroom door and struck the victim twice in the back of the head, the report said. The victim tried to push Johnson away and reportedly was struck several more times in the face and body with the hammer.
The victim phoned police. Johnson was still on the scene when police arrived. The victim was taken to Oak Park Hospital, where he was treated for a broken nose and lacerations that required stitches.
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