A stunningly odd news piece making the rounds today tells of a Gosford (NSW) resident surviving an attack by a jealous former husband. The story gets even weirder when you consider that he was wielding a crossbow. And he flew in from the USA to carry out the hit.
The brazen attack was allegedly undertaken by Jeffrey Hooten, 49, an American citizen, at around 1.30 on Tuesday afternoon. The 56 year old victim, Mr. Greg Williams, originally thought it was some kind of prank: a man approaching him outside his home with a loaded crossbow in broad daylight.
The attacker fired the crossbow at Mr. Williams, but the arrow struck Mr. Williams’ laptop. In a violent trance, Mr. Hooten allegedly produced an axe and charged at the victim. He struck him once in the head, a blow which produced a serious head wound.
According to police reports, what followed was an intense struggle which resulted in the two wrestling each other to the ground. It was fortunate that two passers by stumbled upon the men and intervened, restraining the alleged attacker in a nearby ditch. Police were hastily contacted and the foreign national was arrested.
Speaking of the life threatening incident, Mr. Williams told Yahoo 7 News: “He shot me in the belly and once that was over and I realised I was OK, then I thought I need to get on top of this guy. He hit me on the head and obviously it hurt but after the impact I thought nope I’m still good to go, I need to muster up everything I could and subdue this guy.”
Police charged the US citizen with attempted murder and noted that he was also in possession of knives and a piece of wire. Relevant court documents state that Mr. Hooten arrived in Australia last week and had been lodging at a motel in Gosford, a satellite community north of Sydney. The scene must’ve played out in his mind a thousand times; maybe he thought it would end differently. He bought a return ticket for a flight to Texas. He was supposed to leave this Friday. Instead, he’ll face gaol and court.
Mr. Williams was taken to nearby Gosford Hospital where he was given stitches for a nasty wound. He was soon released and appeared jubilant at having survived a once in a lifetime situation!