Axe Attack: BV man arrested, accused of assaulting mother

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Berryville man was arrested on a charge of conduct constituting attempted capital murder on Friday, March 10, after allegedly assaulting his mother with an axe.

The Berryville Police Department said in a press release issued Friday that officers were sent to a residence on Bunch Springs Road in reference to a man assaulting his mother with an axe. When the officers arrived at the residence. 41-year-old James Richard Asbury walked outside and turned himself in to the officers, the release says.

According to the release, Asbury said his mother had kidnapped his children and was holding them for ransom. He said he overreacted and attacked her with an axe, the release says. Asbury was taken into custody without incident, according to the release.

The release says officers met with Asbury’s mother, who had gotten away from her son during the attack. She had run to a neighbor’s house, the release says, where the neighbor called 911. Asbury’s mother’s hands and arms were covered in blood, according to the release, which says that she had several severe lacerations on her hands and lacerations on her neck as well.

Asbury’s mother said her son had come over to take a shower and had a change of clothes tucked under his arm, according to the release. She led Asbury to the bathroom, it says, and, once they were in the bathroom, he attacked her. She said that he pinned her to the wall and pulled out a small axe that was in his clothes, the release says. He held the axe to her throat and told her that he was going to kill her, it says. Asbury’s mother said she tried to fight him, the release says, and he pulled out a knife and slashed her hands. She was able to get away from him and go to the neighbor’s house, the release says.

Asbury’s mother was transported to Mercy Hospital Berryville for her injuries.

Asbury is charged with conduct constituting attempted capital murder, domestic battery in the first degree, aggravated assault on a family member and terroristic threatening in the first degree. He is being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville.

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