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Man arrested after woman found with hatchet sticking out of head

Alachua County Jail
Alachua County Jail

(ST. PETERSBURG, FLA) — A man was arrested after deputies discovered a woman with a hatchet protruding from her head Tuesday.

Michel Dougherty, 40, was taken into custody for attempted second degree murder after Lisa Ann Rogers, 56, was found with a hatchet sticking out of her head at 10:36 a.m. in 4000 24th Street North, Lot 230 in St. Petersburg. Rogers was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Dougherty fled the scene, but deputies located the suspect’s vehicle near Gainesville Tuesday, November 22. He was pulled over Thursday, November 24 at around 2:50 a.m., taken into custody, and transported to the Alachua County Jail.

Rogers was pronounced dead at Bayfront Hospital Saturday, November 26 at 11:04 p.m.

Dougherty was charged with one felony count of Attempted Second Degree Murder and will be sent to the Pinellas County Jail, according to the police report.

Donna Voye, Rogers’s baby sister, shared the devastating news of the brutal attack to Facebook: “My siblings and myself are in Florida to say our final good byes to her as her drs have said she has no brain waves and will have no quality of life.”

“So we will support our brother in law in turning off her life support and allow he to join our parents in heaven with our parents, grand parents, great parents, aunt’s, uncle’s, and cousins.”