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Machete attack in Ark. college town raises concerns

6 years 11 months 1 week ago Friday, September 04 2015 Sep 4, 2015 September 04, 2015 5:53 PM September 04, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: Washington County Sheriff's Office

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - A second violent attack on property rented by the University of Arkansas has some students and faculty wondering if more needs to be done to help Fayetteville's population of homeless people.

University police have arrested a 36-year-old homeless man after a machete attack Thursday night. Police say Ashley Pettey is facing battery and aggravated assault charges.

He's being held at the Washington County jail.

Police say other homeless people told Pettey to move his sleeping area because they thought it was visible to the public. Police say Pettey resisted and used a machete to slash two people, one of whom was treated for a life-threatening neck wound.

In January, a homeless man died in an apparent beating on the same property. Another homeless man was arrested in the death.

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