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Ithaca man attacks roommate with hammer after being asked to turn down music

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One person is in custody and another was badly injured after an attack with a hammer in Ithaca.

According to a news release, around 3 a.m. on Monday police responded to an apartment building on West Seneca Street for a dispute.

Officers say the victim reported that his roommate was playing music too loudly. When the victim confronted his roommate about the loud music and asked him to turn it down – a physical fight ensued.

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While fighting the suspect struck the victim in the head with a hammer. The victim was able to get away and lock himself in a room where he called police.

The suspect used the hammer and damaged the victim’s door.

The suspect was later identified as 53-year-old Edward Sumeriski, of Ithaca. He was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Sumeriski was arraigned and will answer the charges at a later date.