Police: Man Attacked Former Employer With Wood Trim

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Police said Richard Murphy hit his former boss with flooring materials in attempt to get money that was allegedly owed to him. (Courtesy of Watertown Police Department)

WATERTOWN — Police arrested a 51-year-old man who allegedly snuck up on his former boss at Specialty Flooring and beat him over the head with wood trim on Thursday afternoon.

Police captured Richard Murphy after a brief foot chase behind the business, police said.

Murphy is charged with first-degree robbery, attempt to commit first-degree assault, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, attempt at second-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening and two counts of second-degree breach of peace.

He is scheduled to appear Friday in Superior Court in Waterbury.

Murphy told police he was trying to get money that was owed to him, police said.

The owner of the flooring business, located at 1445 Main Street, said he doesn’t owe Murphy money. He said he has lent Murphy money in the past.

The victim told police he believes Murphy, who had been staying in a trailer behind the business, meant to kill him when he came in around 12 p.m. and struck him repeatedly with a piece of wood trim, police said.

The victim had multiple injuries to his head and an arm. He was evaluated at a local hospital, police said. Murphy was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

By Hilda Munoz, Hartford Courant

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