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Man suspected of beating woman with hammer is arrested following 3-hour search


COLUMBUS, Minnesota — A man wanted for beating a woman with a hammer was captured after an extensive search by land and air of some woods in Anoka County.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer says a passer-by discovered a car in the ditch along a road in Columbus about 7 a.m. Thursday. The witness told authorities the man in the vehicle had beaten the woman with a hammer and that she was covered with blood. The male suspect fled.

First responders took the 25-year-old woman to Regions Hospital. Sommer says she is expected to survive the assault.

A State Patrol helicopter and a search dog helped deputies and Lino Lakes officers look for the suspect who had fled into some woods. He was captured after a search lasting about three hours.

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