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Williamsburg police arrest man for attacking a woman with machete

A suspect has been taken in by the Williamsburg Police Department after they found him at the bloody scene of a domestic disturbance call.
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 3:30 PM EDT
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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A suspect has been taken in by the Williamsburg Police Department after they found him at the bloody scene of a domestic disturbance call.

Roy Thomas says he called 911 Saturday night over a domestic dispute between his niece and her boyfriend.

“He was at the side of the house, pushed her down, I called 911. They came, he took off running, they detained him on Third Street, and then we thought everything was alright. An hour later, he comes walking back down the street,” Thomas said.

Williamsburg Police confirm they detained Earls on Saturday but later released him when the victim denied being assaulted. Then, just hours after his release, there was a knock on Thomas’ door.

Officers were dispatched early Sunday morning to the domestic issue at 250 South Second Street. When the officers arrived, they found 31-year-old Darryl Earls at the front door, covered in blood. They then found a female victim with life-threatening injuries to the head and face.

“My neighbor comes and gets me out of bed and says you need to go and check on your niece because it sounds like he’s killing her and sure enough that’s what he was doing,” Thomas said.

Officers say that during the domestic dispute on Sunday, Earls attacked the victim in the face and head with a machete multiple times. The victim was treated by Whitley EMS and airlifted to the UK Medical Center. She is currently in critical condition.

“I had went in to try to help her and she was hacked all to pieces with a machete and it looks like a slaughter house in there. It was horrible, literally I could see her brain. I mean, ‚he’d hacked half her head off, her hands, and her whole body,” Thomas said.

Earls has been taken to the Whitley County Detention Center and been charged with Attempted Murder, Domestic and Assault 1st, Domestic and holds a $250,000 cash bond.

Family members are distraught over the situation and want justice.

“Hacks up a 21-year-old girl with mild autism. So yes something needs to be done. This is ridiculous. There’s disabled mental and elderly people live here and this is what we gotta live with,” Thomas said.

Williamsburg Police Department is actively investigating.

As of May 23, Williamsburg Police confirmed that the victim spend several hours in surgery at the UK Medical Center and is listed as stable with a long road to recovery.

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