BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — We are learning more about the suspect accused of randomly attacking two people with a hatchet. It happened in Middle River Saturday night; police shot the suspect, who is in critical condition.
Tracey Leong has the latest on the investigation.
Police have identified the suspect as 22-year-old Travis Hunt, who has a lengthy criminal record but nothing indicating a history of violence.
Police radio calls capture the grisly details of a brutal random attack.
“Two people injured with a hammer. Suspect left the scene,” said one call.
“I saw blood all on them, yes. Both of them had blood,” said a witness.
The witness did not want to be identified but told WJZ she saw the victims run right in front of her yard, yelling for help.
“Coming like they was really frightened,” she said.
“White female victim and black male victim. They are advising it was an ax, not a hammer,” a second call said.
Police confirm the weapon was a hatchet. The suspect, 22-year-old Travis Hunt, attacked the victims at a home on Wampler Road before running off with the woman’s purse. Police were able to track the suspect down; he was hiding inside his basement on Grovethorn Road. Officers found Hunt holding a large knife that he had used to slice open his neck. The officer, then fearing for her life, shot him in the torso.
According to court documents, Hunt has an extensive criminal history, including multiple charges of drug possession, burglary and theft–but nothing violent. At this time, it’s still unclear why Hunt attacked the victims; they told police they didn’t even know him.
Hunt is in critical condition at Shock Trauma. He faces multiple charges, including attempted first degree murder.
The victims have both been released from the hospital.