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Suspect in Phoenix bar attack taken into custody

PHOENIX -- A man accused of hitting a Phoenix bar employee in the head with a hammer is in custody.

Phoenix police said Thursday that 30-year-old Matthew Eugene Alcala was booked on one felony count of aggravated assault and serious injury.

Authorities said Alcala was at Ice Pics Bar patio on McDowell Road near 32nd Street around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday asking for food and money.

The 38-year-old victim told the suspect to leave and tried to forcibly remove him.

Alcala then allegedly struck the victim on the head with a hammer and fled.

Police found Alcala Wednesday night and was positively identified by the victim.

The victim suffered a possible skull fracture but is expected to recover.

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