Hatchet and metal pipe used in alleged attempted murder during argument between man and girlfriend

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - A man is under arrest for hitting his girlfriend with a hatchet and a metal pipe during an argument, according to the Summit County District Attorney's office.

District Attorney Bruce Brown said a neighbor in Dillon Valley East called 911 after hearing a scuffle in a condo below them on January 31.

When deputies arrived, they found a woman who had been hit in the back of the head with a hatchet and the front of the head with a metal pipe the couple was using as a doorstop, according to prosecutors.

The woman suffered a six millimeter fracture and needed stitches.

Prosecutors said the man, Michael Newcomb, 43, has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, menacing and assault.

"The charges are very serious and if convicted, the accused would go to prison," said Brown. "Acts of violence will be vigorously prosecuted.”

Bond is currently set at $7,500.

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