Ax attack leads to attempted murder charge

April 14– Savannah resident Joseph A. Highland is facing a charge of attempted murder after allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man with a hatchet Monday night.

According to a Savannah police report, officers responded to an assault in progress involving a hatchet at an apartment at 200 Lewis St. at 7:15 p.m.

Patrolman Austin King said in his report that upon arrival, residents quickly pointed to Highland outside the building, shouting, “He tried to kill him.”

Highland, 27, told police that the man he allegedly attacked,  Alan L. Phillips, who lives at the apartment, “sent me to hell all those years ago and he only did six years.” 

Savannah Police Chief Gary Will said Highland was taken into custody without resistance, and described the incident as a possible “retaliation.”


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