An Indiana man is accused of breaking into the home of his girlfriend and striking a man who was sleeping in her bed with a hatchet.
According to records, Robert Neal Abney, 42, was charged with attempted murder and criminal entry into a residential dwelling on Saturday.
Abney claims that he visited the house in Hendricks County after being unable to contact the woman through phone. Abney stated that he had gotten into a dispute with people who wanted to hurt her previously.
According to the victim, he did not live at the home, but he stayed there that evening because the woman was afraid of Abney. Documents indicate that she called 911 after Abney forced his way into the residence.
While she was on the phone with 911, she heard someone knocking at the window and yelling her name. When Abney forced his way into the house, he turned on the light and the victim, who was sleeping on the bed, felt pain on the left side of his head.
Medical staff stated that the victim would need staples, had swelling and needed an X-ray to confirm if his skull was not fractured.
Abney told police that he found someone in his bed, and he tried to get them up, but he denied threatening the man. He also said he entered through the back window, which was held by heater tape.
During a phone call with his father in front of investigators, he admitted smacking the man with the hatchet.