Elderly man accused of attacking woman with sledgehammer
A Framingham man is accused of trying to beat a woman to death with a sledgehammer Tuesday morning.
Frederick Woodard, 73, is being held at the Framingham Police Station accused of beating a 44-year-old woman about the face and head with the sledgehammer in his 48 Underwood Ave. apartment this morning, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.
"This is a very active investigation at this point," said Shastany. "He attempted to kill her with the hammer."
Police arrested Woodard at 8:48 a.m. after the incident. Investigators say he attacked the woman and started beating her repeatedly with the hammer. He then tried to choke the woman with the hammer's wooden shaft.
The woman fought back, leaving several bloody scratch and bite marks on Woodard's hands and face, Shastany said.
When he was arrested, Woodard was covered with the woman's blood, the lieutenant said.
The victim was rushed to the hospital and is currently undergoing surgery for life threatening injuries.
Woodard is expected to be arraigned in Framingham District Court this afternoon. He is charged with attempted murder, assault with the intent to kill, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and domestic threats.
This is not the first time Woodard has been accused of domestic violence. He was arrested on Nov. 3 and charged with assault and battery with a domestic incident. He was also arrested in May after a domestic dispute.
MetroWest Daily News