ANDERSON — An Anderson man was charged with three felonies after he broke into a family’s home and tried to attack them with a hammer.
Jake Everett Morgan, 39, is charged with Level 2 felony burglary with a deadly weapon, Level 3 felony kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon and Level 5 felony battery by means of a deadly weapon.
Anderson police responded to a report of suspicious activity at 214 W. 14th St. at 3:13 p.m. Sept. 5. Dispatchers told officers a caller told them a woman was in the home along with an unknown man, later identified as Morgan, but a language barrier prevented dispatchers from learning more information.
When police arrived at the home, Jonathan Ramirez was walking out of the residence covered in blood, according to an affidavit of probable cause by Anderson Police Officer Trevor Hughes.
Ramirez said a man broke into his home and struck him with a hammer before leaving. He said the man was trying to kill Ramirez’s little brother, who was in the home, according to the affidavit.
The incident began Morgan started throwing things at Ramirez’s home from an abandoned residence next door, according to the affidavit. He then went over to the home and began banging on the front door and front window, demanding money.
Ramirez said Morgan, whom he had never seen before, had a hammer and busted out the front window of the home, according to the affidavit. Morgan was allegedly also armed with a knife, talking about the devil and telling the family he was going to kill them.
Isabel Perez, Ramirez’s mother, was in the living room when Morgan is accused of breaking out the window and then climbing through the window still armed with the hammer. She ran upstairs where Ramirez’s little brother was sleeping.
Ramirez told police he gave Morgan money hoping he would leave and then ran after Perez to protect her and his sibling, according to the affidavit. He told police Morgan followed him upstairs and grabbed his little brother by the arm. Morgan was still armed with a hammer and told the family he was taking the boy with him, according to the affidavit. Ramirez said he followed Morgan back downstairs as Morgan talked about being Jesus.
Ramirez told police he punched Morgan in the face hoping he would let go of his brother, which he did, and his mother took the boy back upstairs to hide from Morgan, according to the affidavit.
Morgan allegedly struck Ramirez in the hand, elbow, forehead and back of his head with the hammer as the two men fought, according to the affidavit. Morgan then dropped the hammer and took off on foot on West 14th Street.
Perez told police her older son defended her and her younger son from Morgan, according to the affidavit. She said she did not know Morgan and had never seen him before the attack on the family.
Officers located Morgan on 14th Street, and Perez and Ramirez positively identified him as the man who attacked the family, according to the affidavit.
Ramirez was taken to Ascension St. Vincent Anderson hospital for treatment of his injuries.