Lewiston man accused of attacking man with hammer

Jason Wotton is being held without bail, accused of a very violent crime. (WGME)

AUBURN (WGME) – A Lewiston man is charged with assault, accused of beating another man with a hammer.

Jason Wotton is being held without bail, accused of a very violent crime.

A court affidavit details the brutal beating on Friday that left the victim with fractures on his skull.

The 31-year-old Wotton faced a judge Monday afternoon, entering no plea to elevated aggravated assault.

Auburn police say they were called to the victim's home on Washington Street around 6:15 Friday morning for a fight in progress.

They found 37-year-old Leon Hunt with severe head injuries.

The affidavit says the witness who called 911 saw the suspect holding Hunt by the back of the neck, beating his head into a tow truck, using a hammer to assault him and then trying to take off his pants before running away.

The affidavit states Hunt was able to identify Wotton as his attacker before he was taken to the hospital and eventually life-flighted to Maine Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for swelling in his skull.

Court documents say police found Wotton hiding in a car parked outside his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Lewiston, with blood on his clothes and his face.

According to the affidavit, the ex-girlfriend told investigators the two men were together the night before the assault, when she dropped them off on Washington Street.

Wotton is also charged with violating conditions of release.

A hearing on a motion to revoke bail is scheduled for next month. Until then, Wotton will remain at the county jail.

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