Springfield man charged with attacking housemate with hammer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Springfield man has been charged with attacking his housemate with a hammer.

The Republican reports that Charles Bickel Jr. was held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty this week to attempted murder.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Bickel accused a couple who live in the same house of breaking into his room. They allege Bickel went to the couple’s room at about 6 p.m. Friday and struck the man in the face and forehead with a carpenter’s hammer. The victim went to the hospital for treatment of a concussion.

The couple said they broke the lock on Bickel’s door because he wouldn’t answer and they were concerned he had overdosed.

Bickel’s attorney said her client denies the charges and the couple has been harassing him for months.

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