COLLEGE CORNER — A 17-year-old Hamilton girl has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly assaulting a female friend with a machete at a campground in Hueston Woods State Park.
The alleged attacker faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, and one count of assault in Preble County Juvenile Court. According to court documents, an officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) found the alleged attacker sitting at a campsite in Hueston Woods after responding to a call from the park on Thursday, July 15.
The alleged victim was found lying on the ground nearby, with lacerations to her arm and leg and blood covering her face and head. Her alleged attacker’s face and forearms were also bloody, and a machete covered in blood was found lying nearby.
The responding officer reportedly placed tourniquets on the victim’s arm and leg after handcuffing the girl whom the victim identified as her attacker, and placing her in the back of his vehicle. Preble County Sheriff’s Deputies, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers and Camden-Somers EMS personnel also arrived to render assistance.
Marijuana, alcohol and drug paraphernalia were also reportedly recovered from the scene.
In a statement to The Register-Herald, ODNR said it is investigating the stabbing.
“A woman was attacked by a female acquaintance at the park campground just after 8 p.m,” the statement reads. “She was flown to a nearby hospital. Drugs are believed to be a factor in this incident. The suspected attacker is in custody. The investigation is ongoing and no other information is being released at this time.”
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