Austin Hahn attacked coworker with hammer: Cops

Austin Hahn (IMPD)

A 27-year-old man in Indiana was arrested for allegedly attacking his friend and coworker with a hammer while working at a sheet metal company, leaving the victim with severe head injuries. Austin Hahn was taken into custody after being turned in by his mother last week and charged with one count each of attempted murder, aggravated battery, and battery by means of a deadly weapon, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call at around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 20 about a possible battery at the Bright Sheet Metal Company on West 71st Street, according to a copy of the arrest report obtained by Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN.

Once there, first responders found a man with injuries to his head and face, the station reported. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where doctors treated him for injuries, including multiple skull fractures, brain bleeds, a punctured jaw, and missing teeth. The victim was admitted in serious but stable condition, the report states.

In an interview with police, the victim — whose name was not released by authorities — said he was at his workstation when he was suddenly struck in the back of the head and went unconscious. He reportedly could not identify his attacker but told investigators that his other colleagues inevitably would have seen the assailant.

The other employees on duty that day told investigators that the victim was working at his station — which he shared with Hahn — when the suspect came up behind him unprovoked and started hitting him with a hammer. Witnesses said that Hahn used a tinner hammer in the attack.

Austin Hahn attacked coworker with hammer: Cops

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