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Vernon County officers search for man involved in assault

Man allegedly hit another man with hammer

Vernon County officers search for man involved in assault

TOWN OF FRANKLIN, Wis. (WKBT) - Vernon County officers are looking for a man involved in a Friday assault in the town of Franklin.

According to a statement, deputies received reports about a man repeatedly hitting another man in the head with a hammer. Witnesses named Joseph Bingenheimer, 31, as the assailant. Thomas Helgerson, 34, was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare for head injuries. The statement said Helgerson will likely be released today.

Bingenheimer was last seen running from the scene wearing a brown Corona t-shirt and blue jeans. He is described as about 5'8", weighing 190 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. The Vernon County Sheriff has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Vernon County's K-9 units and tactical team were sent out but Bingenheimer has not yet been found. The statement says anyone who sees Bingenheimer should not approach him but instead immediately call 911.

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