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Iowa City man charged with attempted murder after assault with a hammer

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Officers with the Iowa City Police Department arrested and charged a man with attempted murder after an assault with a hammer.

A report of a fight came in just before 6:00 Sunday morning at the Pedestrian Mall, near the intersection of Dubuque Street and Washington Street.

The fight was between two males. One of them was hitting the other with a hammer. Officers observed a male with a hammer in his hand and another male a few feet away bleeding.

Officers took the man with the hammer into custody. The victim was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment of his injuries, which are believed to be non-life threatening.

An investigation found the man approached the victim while he was sleeping on a bench and started hitting him in the head repeatedly with the hammer. The suspect stated he assaulted the victim because he thought he was a person he had a fight with previously, but then admitted that after the assault, he realized he had the wrong guy.

Police arrested 61-year-old Richard John Hoyt. He's charged with attempted murder and was taken to the Johnson County Jail. This case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.

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