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Local Man Attacked With an Axe on Washington Street

A local man was arrested Thursday night after an alleged axe attack on Washington Street.

A Marblehead man accused of nearly chopping his roommate's hand off with a rusty axe Thursday night was ordered held Friday afternoon following his arraignment on assault charges.

Michael Kelley, 52, of 296 Washington St., Marblehead, pleaded not guilty Friday in Lynn District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (axe), assault with a dangerous weapon (cutting instrument), aggravated assault and battery and domestic assault and battery.

At 9:40 p.m., local police officers responded to 296 Washington St. for a report of a fight in a first-floor apartment and were reportedly flagged down by a hysterical woman with blood on her hands, face and clothing. 

When police entered the apartment to find the victim, they reportedly discovered Kelley and another man sitting on the ground in the kitchen and found blood all over the ceiling, walls and floor, according to court documents.

A witness to the alleged attack told officers that the two men were drunk and arguing over past-due rent when Kelley grabbed an axe and struck the victim in the wrist, according to the report.

Both men were taken to the hospital by ambulance to be treated for injuries sustained in the altercation and police reportedly confiscated the axe believed to have been used in the attack and several items of clothing while investigating the incident.

The victim reportedly suffered a lacerated radial artery that would require surgery to repair, according to court documents.

Judge James Wexler ordered Kelley held without bail Friday pending a dangerousness hearing. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 12 for a pretrial hearing.

Uncle Leo December 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM
What is going on in this fine town lately? The types of crimes happening over the last couple of years seem to be escalating from the usual small town stuff to much more serious incidents.
carrie weisenfeld December 08, 2012 at 08:33 PM
i left a comment this moring about the mistakes in this article you wrote and you deleted it???? if you had the information right i wouldn't have commented but since you had alot wrong i wanted to set the record straight...obviously you are not interested in having the correct info out there, which is why i'm assuming you deleted my comment...thats absurd!
FAKE NAME # 347 December 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
They deleted mine too. They will delete this one too because I'm gonna say how they want to keep everybody in fear .....
carrie weisenfeld December 08, 2012 at 09:58 PM
well it was scary...believe me, i was here...but i just think they should get the facts right and not use creative journalism...i didn't understand how they got it so wrong...
billy0205 December 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Not very smart to put the victims name in your comment considering its not mentioned online.

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