SAPD: Man laughs after arrest in hatchet attack

Marshall Giles, 19, charged with aggravated assault in attack on father

SAN ANTONIO - East side resident Marshall Giles, 19, has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his father with a hatchet, a fate that San Antonio police said made the suspect laugh.


According to a police report, 911 dispatchers received a call from a man shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, saying that he had just killed his father with a knife.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of E. Crockett Street and found Marshall Giles, 41, inside a home, profusely from a head wound and with one eye hanging from its socket, the police report stated.

Police said they questioned two people in the home, including a woman who told them she was outside smoking at the time of the attack.

She said when she went back into the home, she found Giles lying on a couch with several gashes in his head, the police report stated.

He was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center in extremely critical condition.

Police determined Giles had been cut with a hatchet, and that his 19 year old son, also named Marshall Giles, was responsible, the police report said.

They said they later found him hiding in a crawl space on the side of the house and arrested him.

A detective who handled the case said the son was upset with his father for some unknown reason and went on the attack.

The police report stated that when detectives told Giles he was being charged with aggravated assault for the attack on his father, he began to laugh.

To read the full police report, click here (PDF).


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