A Chattanooga man has been charged with attempted aggravated robbery after police say he started attacking a man who he claimed owed him money.
Police said they arrived at Parkridge Hospital after getting a call from Willie Edmonds, who said he was attacked outside of his home.
According to police, Mr. Edmonds was standing outside when 30-year-old Martin Jackson approached him and accused him of owing him money. Mr. Edmonds said before he had a chance to reply, the man hit him in the head and knocked him down.
He told police that Jackson then started kicking him in the head and face. He said Jackson momentarily stopped the attack to search his pockets for money. During this time, Mr. Edmonds said he managed to call for help. A neighbor heard him, and the attacker fled.
The neighbor brought Mr. Edmonds to the hospital where medical staff determined he had a facial bone fracture.
When interviewed at the hospital by police, he said it was Martin Jackson who attacked him. However, police said they wanted to make sure Mr. Edmonds was not on pain medication when he looked at the lineup, so they waited several days. He still identified Jackson as the man who tried to rob him.
Jackson was arrested a week later. Bond has been set at $15,000.