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Suspected Hammer Attacker Captured

            A 51-year-old Hackensack man has been arrested by Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office investigators in connection with the attempted murder of his girlfriend, officials said.

          At 1:41 a.m. on Feb. 22, the Teaneck Police Department responded to the victim’s home on Irvington Road on a report of a motor vehicle theft. Once there, officers found the victim, Delphinia Howard, bleeding from the head, and a large amount of blood was found in the house.  Howard was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center where she was admitted in critical condition with multiple skull fractures.

Due to the severity of her injuries, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to assist the Teaneck Police Department with the investigation. It was learned that the injuries were the result of the victim being assaulted with a hammer by her boyfriend, identified as Mark Hunt.  During an argument at the house, Hunt allegedly became violent and struck the victim in the head numerous times with a hammer.  He is alleged to have then stolen cash from her home and fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.  The weapon was recovered at the house and the vehicle was entered into a police database as a stolen vehicle. Initial attempts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.

At 10:58 a.m. on Feb. 26, a Maywood Police Officer spotted the vehicle on Beech Street.  The marked police unit attempted to stop the vehicle however it fled at a high rate of speed in an effort to elude the officer.  A pursuit led police through Paramus, onto Route 4 West and ultimately Route 208.  The chase ended on Route 208 North at Ewing Avenue when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.  Hunt was apprehended after a brief struggle with officers.

Hunt was charged with attempted murder, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, eluding and theft of a motor vehicle.  Bail has been set at $500,000 with no 10 percent option. He is currently in the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance, which has not yet been set.

Delphinia Howard’s condition is improving and she remains in HUMC in stable condition.


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