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Racine man charged with attempted homicide after attacking family with hammer, intentionally leaving gas stove on after

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Racine man has been charged with Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, Physical Abuse of a Child, and First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and Disorderly Conduct.

Officers responded to the 1600 block of State Street for a report of an assault complaint where a woman had been knocked unconscious with a hammer.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the 911 caller, identified as a 17-year-old male, who told police that his father hit his mother with a hammer in the head. The teenager told police that when he rushed to help his mother, his father attacked him with the hammer.

The 17-year-old told police that his brother then rushed into the living room and was chased around the house by the father who then screamed: "I'm going to kill you all!"

Officers spoke with the victim who regained consciousness. She told police that the suspect was drinking earlier in the day, slashed her tires with a knife, and chased her with a hammer.

When the victim returned to the home, she smelled the strong odor of gas. The investigation revealed that someone had turned on and left the gas stove on, creating a substantial risk of an explosion and an extremely unsafe condition for the home and the entire neighborhood.

Officers spoke with the suspect who told them that he did something "stupid" and that he "knew he f***** up" and that he needed help.


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