A Monday arrest warrant alleges a Salem man broke into a rural Dent County residence and attacked a victim with an axe, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Wayne D. Head, 50, is charged with first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and first-degree assault resulting in serious physical injuries. His bond was set at $200,000.
At 5:32 a.m. Monday the Dent County Sheriff’s Office was alerted by the Salem Police Department’s dispatch a male subject arrived at the Casey’s General Store on Highway 32/72 covered in blood and reporting he’d been attacked. Upon arrival, the victim was found to have several head lacerations and abrasion wounds to an arm. He was subsequently taken to Salem Memorial District Hospital for treatment.
The report states the victim told a sheriff’s department detective that he’d been asleep at his County Road 5020 residence when he was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and his grandson yelling. When responding, the victim said he met Head in the home’s hallway where Head started demanding the victim give him a gun.
The victim said he was next struck with a splitting maul axe above his left eye and again above his ear. He told the detective he started fighting Head so his grandson could escape the house, which the grandson did by leaping out of a bedroom window. The victim then pushed Head down and ran to his vehicle and drove into town.
The report states Head was located at a separate County Road 5020 residence Monday and taken into custody without incident.
A later inspection of the victim’s home found a glass door shattered, blood covering the walls of a hallway and holes plunged into a wall consistent with the size of the splitting maul axe head. A splitting maul axe was also located in the yard north of the victim’s house. The victim later identified it as the weapon wielded by Head during the attack.