Man suspected of hitting another man with hammer


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ST. CROIX - A man accused of attacking another man with a hammer was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Luis Figueroa, 45, of Estate Carlton was charged with third-degree assault, police said. According to an affidavit filed in the case by V.I. Police Officer Darryl Walcott, officers were called to the victim's home shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The victim told them that he had been in his bedroom, laying on the bed watching television when Figueroa came into the house without his permission and hit him several times in the head with a hammer, Walcott wrote.

The victim told police that Figueroa has a mental illness and refuses to take his medications. The victim was taken to Luis Hospital, where he was treated for lacerations to the head that required five staples and was released.

Police said they spoke with Figueroa, who told them he went over to the victim's house to feed the dogs. He told police that the victim was drunk, fell down and hit his head on the door frame, according to the affidavit.

Walcott wrote that after Figueroa gave his consent to search his house, police saw a hammer with a black handle on the table with blood on it and also saw blood on the dresser table and a window curtain.

Figueroa was arrested and held overnight without bail. He was advised of his rights on Tuesday morning and bail was set at $25,000.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email jblackburn@dailynews.vi.

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