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Police: Man Attacks Women with Pick Ax

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A 34-year-old man is in jail, accused of trying to kill two women who were walking in front of his home Tuesday afternoon.

Springfield police say Thomas Murphy charged two women outside of his home at 920 L St. He was armed with a hammer and pick ax.

He swung the pick ax at one of the victims, knocking her phone away. She was on the phone 911 dispatchers.

Officers say Murphy’s ax hit one of the women. Emergency crews took her to the hospital for treatment. She was hit in the torso and suffered serious injuries.

Police caught Murphy about a block away. They say the victims did not know Murphy before he charged them.

He faces a number of charges, including attempted murder and menacing.

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