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Man, 42, hit with hammer in attack

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was attacked with a hammer during an attempted robbery last week.
Police officers found the 42-year-old Sara Drive resident bleeding profusely from his forehead and nose Friday after they responded to a burglary call, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
A 20-year-old man, who also lives at the home, called police to report the attack. He led officers to the victim, who was sitting on the edge of a bed, the report said. Officers immediately called Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services, who took the victim to the hospital.
Neither the man who was injured nor the man who reported the incident spoke English. Both spoke Spanish, and officers enlisted the help of a Spanish-speaking EMS employee to ask the two men what had happened.
The victim told officers that a man he didn’t know came into his trailer through an unlocked front door at about 4:50 p.m., went into his bedroom and demanded money.
When he told the intruder that he had no money, the intruder struck him in the face twice with a large hammer, the report said. The attacker then ran from the house.
The man who called 911 told officers he was sleeping on a couch in the living room when he woke up hearing commotion in the bedroom. That’s when he saw the intruder run out of the house through the front door, the report said.
He told officers the man is black, about 6 feet tall and muscular. He also said the intruder was wearing a red shirt.
Officers found a pair of gray sandals outside the front door, which the man who called police said belonged to the assailant.
Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said officers are searching for the attacker.
“The victim and occupant didn’t know this guy, so we’re still working on it,” White said Tuesday. “If you see someone fitting that description or knocking on your door, please call the police.”
You can call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1173.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416