Man Charged in Hammer, Knife Attack

47-year-old charged with attempted murder

A man was charged with attempted murder for attacking a woman with a hammer and a knife in a domestic dispute early Sunday in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side.

George Calhoun, 47, of the 11800 block of South Oakley Avenue, was charged at 7 p.m. Sunday with attempted murder and domestic battery, according to police, who said he was expected to appear either in Domestic Violence Court or Cook County Criminal Court for a bond hearing later Monday.

About 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Calhoun and his 51-year-old girlfriend were involved in a fight that sent her to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

Calhoun allegedly struck the girlfriend -- with whom he shares an address -- on her head and body with a hammer, according to police. Calhoun then allegedly grabbed a knife and during a struggle the woman suffered lacerations to her head and finger, police said.

Both of the woman’s arms were possibly broken and her finger was almost severed, a law enforcement source said. She was transported to Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island where she underwent surgery.

Calhoun was still on the scene when police arrived and he was immediately taken into custody. He was taken to the hospital in Blue Island and treated for head lacerations before being charged for the crimes.

Calhoun has a prior conviction for domestic battery, according to police.

Calumet Area detectives are investigating.

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