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Lincoln police: Man attacked ex with hammer
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Lincoln police: Man attacked ex with hammer

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Jerome Springer
Jerome Springer (Courtesy image)

A man just out of jail and armed with a hammer and knife broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and attacked her and her boyfriend early Thursday, Lincoln police say.

Jerome Springer, 42, was released from Lancaster County jail Wednesday after serving a 30-day sentence for hitting the 30-year-old woman June 8 and dragging her across a floor.

At 4:30 Thursday morning, police say, Springer kicked the door of her apartment at 48th and Judson streets, breaking the handle. Then, they say, he removed a window cover and climbed into the apartment.

Inside, police believe he attacked his former girlfriend, said Officer Katie Flood.

After threatening to kill her and her boyfriend, Flood said, Springer allegedly punched the woman in the face, then hit her in the head with the hammer. She tried to grab the knife and was cut on the hand, Flood said.

Reports indicate the woman had minor injuries, including an egg-sized bump on her head. It wasn't clear if she was hospitalized.

Her boyfriend, 35, was uninjured.

Springer, a transient, left on foot, Capt. Jim Davidsaver said. Officers found him and the knife at 38th Street and St. Paul Avenue a short time later.

The hammer hasn't been found.

Springer went back to jail, this time on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault, burglary, terroristic threats and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Reach Zach Pluhacek at 402-473-7234 or zpluhacek@journalstar.com.

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