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Suspect arrested months after hammer attack seriously injured man

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Josh Andrew Olichwier (Source: LMDC) Josh Andrew Olichwier (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man is accused of assaulting a neighbor with a hammer after he was confronted about possibly having damaged the victim's truck camper.

According to an arrest report, the victim, Phillip Birdsong, noticed on August 23 that a screen on his camper had been cut. A witness told Birdsong he saw Josh Andrew Olichwier, 49, damage the screen. Birdsong told police that when he confronted Olichwier, a co-defendant picked up a hammer and hit Birdsong in the head with it. Birdsong said the hammer fell to the ground and that Olichwier picked it up and hit Birdsong in the head with it a second time, knocking him to the ground. Birdsong said both men began kicking him and hitting him with sticks before leaving the scene on East Jefferson Street.

Birdsong said he went to the Salvation Army where police and EMS were called. He suffered a fractured skull, a laceration to the ear requiring 14 stitches, a laceration to the head requiring four staples, knee abrasions and bruised ribs.

Olichwier was arrested Friday and charged with 2nd degree assault.

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