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Hammer attack related to earlier disturbance

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Stacy Vogel
January 15, 2008
— Milton police still are sorting out the conflicts in a bizarre battery case that happened early Sunday morning, but they do know the incident was not the first run-in between the suspect and the victims.

Police were called to the same home in the 100 block of West Madison Avenue on Thursday night for a disturbance between Jordan J. Sullivan, a 39-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man, said Sgt. John Conger with the Milton Police Department.


That night, the woman told Sullivan, his uncle and another person they had to leave the residence. Sullivan responded, “I’m going to kill you for throwing me out of here,” according to the woman’s statement in a criminal complaint filed Monday.


A few nights later, Sullivan returned to the home and attacked the man with a hammer, according to the complaint charging him with felony battery and two counts of disorderly conduct.


“We can’t seem to determine what the falling-out was over,” Conger said. Police do not believe the arguments were drug-related, he said.


Charges still are pending in Thursday’s incident, Conger said.


According to the criminal complaint:


Sullivan, 22, of 42 E. Evergreen Lane, Milton, entered the Madison Avenue home of the man and woman early Sunday morning while they were sleeping. The woman said Sullivan kicked in the door, grabbed her by her hair and threw her across the room.


Then he grabbed a hammer on the table and struck the man seven or eight times in the back and the side of the head, the woman said.


The man was treated and released at Mercy Hospital, Janesville.


The woman had an abrasion on her nose and bruises on her arms.


Milton police are recommending the District Attorney’s Office charge Sullivan with misdemeanor battery in connection with the woman’s injuries in addition to the felony battery charge he received in connection with the man’s injuries, Conger said.


The department also is recommending a charge of burglary, he said.


Sullivan was intoxicated at the time of the attack, Conger said.



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