Suspect in Forestdale machete attack charged with attempted murder, 2nd degree assault

FORESTDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Officials have identified the suspect as 26-year-old Frank Swain Bradley. He has been charged with attempted murder and second-degree assault. His bond is set at $160 thousand dollars.

His bond is set at $160 thousand dollars. He is being evaluated at a local hospital and will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.


According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, one person was taken into custody in connection with a machete attack that injured a father and his daughter.

Deputies responded to a call of a stabbing around 4:30 a.m. this morning at a home on Forest Hill Drive and Carlton Place.

According to deputies, both a female and a male victim were found suffering from cuts and stab wounds. Both victims were transported to a hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

A male suspect was taken into custody.

Deputies say the victims are a father and daughter. The male suspect lived with the daughter and became upset when he was asked to move out earlier in the week.

The suspect waited outside of the victim’s home this morning and attacked her with a machete. Her father heard her crying for help and wrestled the machete away from the suspect.

“Thank God her dad heard the commotion and woke up … When our deputies got on scene, he was still fighting this young man over that machete,” said Chief Deputy Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Very special couple. And like I said we all know one another. This is the last thing that we would expect,” said neighbor Anita Skocik.

Skocik said the family has been fostering children for years. She said the suspect was known to do yard work in the neighborhood.

“He was a jovial person. He always waved and such,” she said.

The suspect has pending charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault.

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