Portage man charged with criminal recklessness in hammer attack

2014-05-01T18:20:00Z 2014-05-01T23:31:04Z Portage man charged with criminal recklessness in hammer attackTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 01, 2014 6:20 pm  • 

PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested Wednesday accused of attacking two people with a hammer near a school bus stop.

Ernie Sasser, 31, was charged with criminal recklessness and battery.

The boyfriend of Sasser's 18-year-old daughter and a friend were waiting for his daughter to get off the school bus in the area of Blake Road and Concord Avenue about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The boyfriend and the other friend said they were waiting in a car when they saw Sasser approach them in his vehicle.

They said they tried to drive away, but Sasser drove in front of them, blocking their way. He then got of his vehicle with a hammer and approached the driver, police said.

The driver, said Sasser swung the hammer at him while he tried to get out of his vehicle and run away. He said he caught the handle of the hammer preventing Sasser from striking him.

A backseat passenger said Sasser then walked around the car with hammer. The passenger tried to get away, but Sasser followed him to a yard where he put his arms over his head. He told police Sasser struck him, hitting his arms.

He said he fell to the ground and the school bus they had been waiting for turned the corner.

The bus driver was flagged down and asked to call police.

Witnesses said Sasser then drove off.

Police found Sasser, who denied being involved in the incident. He was placed under arrest.

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