Hammer Attack Victim Suffers Knocked-Out Teeth, Broken Jaw in Dania Beach

Joseph Frisina, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday on one count of attempted felony murder in the attack on 53-year-old Jay Wayne Davis, according to a sheriff’s arrest report

By Juan Ortega
|  Thursday, Dec 6, 2012  |  Updated 12:26 PM EDT
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Joseph Frisina, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday on one count of attempted felony murder in the hammer attack, the Broward Sheriff's Office says.

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Authorities have arrested a Dania Beach suspect who they say twice clubbed a man in the face with a hammer and then stabbed him.

Joseph Frisina, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday on one count of attempted felony murder in the attack on 53-year-old Jay Wayne Davis, according to a sheriff’s arrest report.

Some of Davis’ teeth were knocked out by the hammer, the Sheriff’s Office said. Davis also suffered a broken jaw and a cut on his left forearm while defending himself, the agency said. He received stitches to close the cut on his arm, the agency said.

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“Frisina’s actions could have, but did not, cause the death of the victim,” an arrest report said.

Frisina was holding the knife to Davis’ throat, but a bystander sprang to action and pulled Frisina’s arm away, the report said. The bystander's help stopped "Frisina from cutting Davis' throat," the report said.

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The attack happened Monday in the 5000 block of Southwest 26th Avenue in Dania Beach, the report said. Authorities track down Frisina two days later, the report said.

The arrest report didn’t provide a motive or additional details in the attack.

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