Hammer attack called a domestic dispute

Violent attack followed argument, earlier charges of theft


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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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joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 3:23 PM

sounds like a SAPI problem to me. *bu dum ching*

Bill D  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 7:16 PM

First off, Dabba Doo, it's news to me Tupac Shakur didn't die. Took him six days, but the lad is most definitely dead. He has, as Monty Python would put it, "ceased to be. He is an ex-Thug Life." And just because Half Dollar Curtis survived nine gun shots (just one center mass) doesn't mean hand guns are anything similar to other make shift weapons. You have a chance of blocking a bat or hammer blow. Try blocking a bullet going 800 feet a second.

Dabba Doo  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 4:56 PM

Bill D, you are surely ignoring the 50s and Tupacs out there who were shot multiple times without dying. You are still ignoring that a human's will controlled the hammer the same as it controls guns. As much as you think Idea is cracking jokes at the victim's expense, his/her point is that most ANYTHING can and will be used by an intentioned and determined human being to kill someone if they want to. No law can stop that. Killing existed before guns and if all guns are destroyed killing won't b

Bill D  

Posted: January 17th, 2014 10:29 AM

"Maybe we should register all hammers." I'm sure you think that's quite clever, "Idea," So allow me to point out an important difference between hammers and hand guns. The vic was struck numerous times with the hammer and, while seriously injured, will survive. People shot numerous with a hand gun usually die.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 16th, 2014 2:52 PM

Cruel to crack wise at the expense of the victim. Don't look at someone else's misfortune as your happy meal.


Posted: January 16th, 2014 2:23 PM

Maybe we should register all hammers.


Posted: January 16th, 2014 2:02 PM

Yabba, You're not exactly proving "gun nuts" wrong, You're actually adding to their arguments against legal gun ownership in that the guns aren't the problem but the people who use them i.e. violent people will be violent even without a gun. Law abiding people will be law abiding even with a gun in their possession. Wait till the state tries to limit something you're doing legally because someone other than yourself does not know how to do it legally or in moderation. I guess you'd be a nut too.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: January 16th, 2014 12:05 PM

.... I believe the dispute was generated by a broken "Peter, Paul and Mary's Greatest Hits" album ....

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 16th, 2014 8:14 AM

the Sun Times is reporting this as a DV situation. http://oakpark.suntimes.com/crime/attemptmurder-OAK-01232014:article

Paul Kersey from San Francisco  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 8:38 PM

Now that you have concealed carry in Illinois, this scumbag should not be much of a problem. Give him an opportunity to back off with his hammer, if he does not comply, you waste him, simple as that. Moral, never bring a hammer to a gun fight. Peace out.

Joe from Dirt  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 7:20 PM

Maybe, but this guy was 54 years old

Bill D  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 6:20 PM

A "violent and hostel nation"? Why, those lousy back packers. :)

Bill llik from Oak park   

Posted: January 15th, 2014 6:13 PM

Wow. We live in a violent and hostel nation. I recently moved to chicago from la and honestly, chicago is much more violent. The youth have no empathy.

Paul Mc from LIverpool  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 4:59 PM

He also goes by the name Maxwell.

MC Hammer from Oak Town  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 4:55 PM

Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em.


Posted: January 15th, 2014 4:43 PM

Why didn't he have a gun? After-all, the gun nuts insist that gun control doesn't work and that every criminal is already armed. Right, nuts?

Randall Cobb from Kentucky  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 3:29 PM

They must have been watching the replay of the Bears getting beat by Green Bay.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 15th, 2014 3:05 PM

wow, be safe out there folks.

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