Suspect charged in Halloween hatchet attack, robbery
William Fields, 27, is charged with attempted first degree murder and robbery.
Kenneth "Gant" Golladay, 74, is recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -
Investigators have charged a hatchet-wielding man with Wednesday's robbery and attack on a business owner in southern Kentucky.
Deputies were called to Country Boy Stores in Hopkinsville after the owner, Kenneth "Gant" Golladay, called 911 and stated that he had been robbed.
Golladay, 74, told authorities a black male wearing all black robbed the store and made off with undisclosed merchandise after striking him in the head.
Det. Capt. Chris Miller with the Christian County Sheriff's Department told Nashville's News 2 the suspect was armed with a tactical hatchet which has a blunt hammer on one side and a blade on the other.
Golladay drove himself to a local hospital and was later transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was listed in stable condition Thursday morning.
William Fields, 27, was identified as a suspect a short time after the robbery.
He located Wednesday evening at the Walmart in Murray, Kentucky, about an hour west of Hopkinsville, and taken into custody.
Fields was transported to the Christian County jail where he was booked on charges of attempted murder and robbery.
Golladay has owned Country Boy Stores for more than 30 years.