Florida Man Leaves Woman with Hatchet in Her Head After Murder Attempt

Florida man Michael Dougherty, 40, of St. Petersburg is in the Alachua County Jail after he was captured by Alachua County deputies while fleeing a murder attempt in St. Petersburg where he attempted to kill a woman with a hatchet.

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an attempted murder at the Silverlake Mobile Home Park at 4000 24th Street North, Lot number 230 in St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, they found a 56-year-old woman with a hatchet sticking out of her head who was being taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The woman was not named as the Sheriff’s Office invoked Marsy’s law which exempts them from sunshine laws and allows them to withhold victim identification information like names and addresses in cases such as these.

The attempted murder suspect was identified as Michael Dougherty, but he fled the scene before police arrived. A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was issued for him as well as the vehicle he was driving. The Sheriff’s office has not released any information as to the relationship between the victim and suspect at this time.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Detectives were able to track Dougherty and or his vehicle to the Gainesville area using various investigative methods and the Alachua County Sheriff’s office and the Gainesville Police were notified Dougherty was in the area.

On Thursday morning at around 2:50 a.m., an Alachua County deputy spotted Dougherty’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Dougherty was placed under arrest without further incident on a Pinellas County warrant for attempted second degree murder.

Dougherty was transported to and is being held in the Alachua County Jail without bond until such time arrangements can be made that he can be transported back to the Pinellas County jail to face a charge of second degree attempted murder.

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