Robbery suspect wanted for hammer attack

Joseph Bennett Jr. (Source: SCMPD)
Joseph Bennett Jr. (Source: SCMPD)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A man accused of attacking another man with a hammer during a robbery attempt in Franklin Square is wanted by police.

On Sept. 8 just after 5 p.m., a man told an officer that he had just been attacked.

The man told the officer he was walking east on Bryan Street from his job as a parking attendant at a church parking lot on the corner of Bryan Street and MLK Blvd, when a man hit him on the back with a hammer and demanded money. The victim ran from the suspect.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police identified the suspect as 56-year-old Joseph Bennett Jr. He's described as a black male in his 50s. He was wearing a white bucket hat, a red and white striped polo shirt and glasses.

Bennett has had ties to Yamacraw and the Franklin Square/Montgomery and Bryan area, according to SCMPD. He's is currently homeless and may have been spotted in the area Bull and 40th streets and the Waters Avenue area.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest on charges of aggravated assault with the intent to rob.

Those with information on Bennett's whereabouts are asked to call  CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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