A Newark man was arrested Thursday after allegedly striking an acquaintance with an ax, police said.
The 21-year-old victim had gone to a home in the unit block of White Clay Drive to visit a friend shortly before 2 p.m.
After the victim arrived, another resident of the home, 18-year-old Brandon Bryant, suddenly attacked him with an ax, according to Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department. The victim eventually was able to grab the ax away from Bryant.
Police believe the attack was part of an ongoing dispute between the two men.
Authorities learned of the incident when they were called to the Newark Emergency Room for a report of an assault victim being treated there. The victim, who had injuries to his left arm and the back of his head, was transferred to Christiana Hospital, where he received several staples to close his wounds and was released.
Bryant later turned himself in to police and was charged with first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was released on $30,000 unsecured bond.
Officers found the 28-inch-long ax in the woods near Bryant’s home.