Salem police investigate assault, man hit by hammer

SALEM – Police are investigating the assault of an East Pershing Street man who said his attacker struck him in the head with a hammer Saturday.

Dewey Souers, 25, of 760 E. Pershing St., was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center, then transferred to St. Elizabeth Hospital where police were unaware of his condition as of Sunday afternoon.

Officers were called to the residence at 5:18 p.m. Saturday and found the victim bleeding from the head where he said he was struck by an unknown assailant. Fire department first responders and an ambulance crew arrived on scene and transported him to the emergency department.

A detective was called to the scene, with the incident under investigation.

According to police, a similar incident occurred in the early morning hours on Dec. 29 last year at the same address with the same victim, also involving hammers used for an assault. The incident was reported as a burglary in progress. Souers and another victim reported two unknown people forced entry into their residence and demanded money and other items of value before assaulting them.