WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A local business owner was hospitalized after being attacked by a former employee Thursday, police said.
The incident happened around noon, at Specialty Flooring, located at 1445 Main St., in Oakville.
Police said the victim, a 53-year-old man and owner of the flooring business, reported that he was attacked by 51-year-old Richard Murphy, an ex-employee.
Upon arrival, Murphy engaged police in a short foot pursuit, but was arrested in the Steele Brook, a body of water behind the business.
Officers used a stun gun as Murphy was physically resisting being taken into custody.
According to the victim, Murphy had been staying a camper behind the business.
The victim told police that shortly before noon, Murphy entered the business, snuck up behind him and struck him repeatedly in the head with a piece of wood trim.
Murphy told police that the victim owed him money, and he went into the business with every intention of getting paid, even if it meant using force.
However, the victim told police that he had lent Murphy money in the past and that there was no truth to the statement that he owed Murphy money.
Additionally, the victim, who police said was bleeding from the back of his head after being struck several times, said he believed Murphy was trying to kill him during the attack.
According to police, officers recovered a 4' long piece of hardwood molding with blood on it that was determined to have been used by Murphy to strike the victim.
The victim suffered several head and arm injuries and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Murphy was also taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
Murphy, of 376 Congress Ave., Waterbury, was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree attempt at assault, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree attempt at larceny, interfering with an officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening, and two counts of second-degree breach of peace.
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