Man who allegedly attacked couple with hatchet turns himself in

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 1:10 PM

GATES COUNTY-- The man suspected of attacking a couple with a hatchet turned himself in to authorities Monday night.

Justin Cross, 24, of Willerton Road in Gates County  has been charged with 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or to inflict serious injury, 1 count of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery.

He has been taken to a correctional facility in Winton, NC where he is being held on $500,000 bond.

Deputies say Cross knocked on a couple's door in the 400 block of Hobbsville Road  Saturday morning and asked to use the phone. The resident let him inside.

Soon after, the stranger allegedly asked the homeowner for money. The resident refused to hand over any cash, and a fight ensued.

Deputies say that's when Cross pulled out a hatchet and hit the homeowner in the back of the head. The resident's girlfriend tried to help, and Cross allegedly hit her with the hatchet too.

Cross then ran off.

The 41-year-old victim called his mother who said when she arrived at the scene she saw blood everywhere.  "It looked like my son was bleeding to death," she said.  "It's horrible.  He's like a butcher."

The victim's mother says her son's foot was cut and his girlfriend's face was cut.

Medics took the residents to Albermarle Hospital where doctors treated and released them.


 

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