Investigators: Man attacked mom, stepdad with bat after they wouldn't give him $5

Investigators: Man attacked mom, stepdad with bat after they wouldn't give him $5
Robert Wayne Hadley at the time of his arrest. (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - When his mom and stepdad wouldn't give him $5, investigators say a 47-year-old man attacked the couple with a baseball bat.

Robert Wayne Hadley of Cotter is being held on $50,000 bond at the Baxter County Detention Center on two counts of first-degree battery.

Sheriff's investigators say last Saturday, Hadley used a baseball bat to assault his 76-year-old stepfather and his 65-year-old mother.

According to a statement from Sheriff John Montgomery, the alleged incident happened after Hadley's mother refused to give him $5 to buy a knife.

Hadley became enraged, the sheriff said, and struck his stepfather in the head and hand with a baseball bat. He also injured his mom when she tried to take the bat away from him.

Both victims managed to escape their home on Walnut Hill Lane and run to a neighbor's house to call for help.

Hadley fled the scene before deputies arrived.

On Tuesday a judge issued a bench warrant for Hadley's arrest. By Friday, deputies had tracked him to a home in Flippin in Marion County.

With assistance from the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections' Fugitive Task Force and a canine team from the Arkansas Department of Correction-North Central Unit, officers arrested Hadley without incident.

In addition to the $50,000 bond, a no-bond parole violation has been placed on Hadley who is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on June 21. According to the sheriff, Hadley has been booked into the jail 21 times since 2000, primarily on drug and alcohol charges. He was released on parole from the ADC on May 23, 2017.

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