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Man arrested for Museum District hammer attack, robbery

Posted at 11:47 AM, Oct 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-10 23:27:22-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A 46-year-old Richmond man has been arrested for allegedly robbing and attacking a man and woman with a mallet as they walked home to the Museum District from Carytown Monday night .

Richmond police said Allen A. Kelly, of the 5800 block of Westover Village Drive, was arrested without incident around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Chesterfield County .

Kelly was charged with robbery and malicious wounding.

“We’d like to thank our media partners and the public for their help in identifying the suspect. We also would like to recognize the excellent coordination with local law enforcement agencies which allowed us to quickly arrest the suspect in this violent robbery,” RPD Area 2 Major Michael Shamus said in a news release.

The 28-year-old male victim told CBS 6 reporter Wayne Covil earlier this week that he was caught off guard by the attack.

"I've lived in New York and I've lived in L.A. and nothing ever happened," he said.  "To be in the Museum District and to not just get robbed, but to have someone come at you with a hammer. I am still a little bit in shock."

The man and woman were walking along the 3100 block of Hanover Avenue just after 11 p.m. when they heard someone approach from behind.

"She made a noise that made me aware of someone walking up," he said. "I turned enough and ducked, so he did not hit me in the head. He hit me in the shoulder. It knocked me down. That's when he turned on her."

The man said the robber used the mallet to hit the woman, also 28, with one hand and stole her purse with the other hand. The woman was rushed to the hospital where she received more than 25 stitches in the back of her head, her best friend said.

"I did not really think the Fan/Museum District/Carytown area was sketchy at all," the friend, who is caring for the robbery victim, said.

This man injured his shoulder in Monday's mallet attack. His friend suffered a serious head injury.

This man injured his shoulder in Monday's mallet attack. His friend suffered a serious head injury.

The man whose shoulder was injured in Monday's attack offered a bit of advice to anyone who planned to walk the streets of Richmond at night.

"You have to be conscious when you're walking around at nighttime," he said. "Either be in a big group or take an Uber."