Machete Attack Suspects Sought by Hot Springs Police

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-  Police are looking for two people that were involved in a aggravated residential burglary on Saturday. 

Officials need your help finding Dennis Fitzgerald, 56,  and Amber Martin, 42, after they allegedly broke into a home in Hot Springs and threatened the homeowners with a handgun and a machete. 

On Saturday just after 7 p.m.  along the 300 block of Morrison avenue, police arrived on scene to a stolen vehicle and aggravated residential burglary. the homeowner, Joey Hagan, said that around 6 p.m. he heard a noise from his living room. When he walked in the living room he said he saw  a black male that he knew as Dennis Fitzgerald, holding a black handgun along with a white female named Amber Martin holding a machete.

Hagan said that both Fitzgerald and Martin were yelling at his fiance,  Rebecca Buttrum. When Fitzgerald noticed Hagan he pointed his gun at him and accused him of stealing property and damaging his vehicle, while Fitzgerald was yelling at Hagan, Martin hit Buttrum several times in the head and her hands with the machete and possibly a claw hammer. 

During the incident, Buttrum was able to get away from her assaulter and leave the house. Hagan too,  was able to escape out of the backdoor of the house and reconnected with Buttrum  later on. 

After coming back home,  Hagan and Buttrum noticed their 2007 blue Ford Fusion was missing. Hagan told officers the keys to the car were inside the home when they escaped earlier in the day. 

Buttrum was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for a laceration to her forehead,  two bruises to the top of her head and a laceration to a finger on her left hand. 

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Hot Springs Police department at (501)-321-6789.


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