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Arrest made in Ax attack on Athens man

Marhall Lee Shubert

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was injured Wednesday night after a homeless man allegedly attacked him with an ax, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The suspect, 41-year-old Marshall Lee Shubert, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery, police said.

According to police, officers responded at about 3:50 p.m. to a residence on James Road to investigate a report that someone had been attacked with an ax.

Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by the victim, who was holding a paper towel covered in blood on his face, police said; he had multiple lacerations to his face and head area.

The 69-year-old victim told officers that he had been attacked with an ax by a man who then went into a home around the corner, on Smith Street.

The victim described his attacker as a white male wearing a black shirt and white pants. Officers then set up a perimeter around the Smith Street residence while the victim was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment, police said.

The owner of the Smith street residence reportedly told officers that earlier that day he met a man that matched the description of the suspect, who he hired to help him with some construction at his home.

Officers did not find the suspect during a search of the home and the immediate.

Later that evening officers responded to call at Budget Host Inn on Atlanta Highway, where the Smith Street homeowner located the man who was working for him at his residence earlier, police said.

When searching Marshall’s room, police said they found a pair of blood-stained white pants and subsequently placed the suspect under arrest and transported him to the Clarke County


Though Shubert was staying at the motel, police and the Clarke County Sheriff's Office indicated that the man was homeless.

A Magistrate Court judge denied bond to Marshall at a hearing on Thursday.

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