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Klamath Falls Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

60-year-old suspect William Bernard Aune, Jr. faces multiple charges including attempted murder, violation of a restraining order and burglary.

Posted: Jul 29, 2018 1:28 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- The Klamath Falls Police Department says on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at approximately 7:58pm, officers from responded to a call of a reported assault in progress in the 3700 block of Diamond Street. Upon arrival, officers located two victims, one male and one female, both had been struck in the head with a hammer.

Investigating officers identified William Bernard Aune Jr. as the suspect in this incident. They say Aune unlawfully entered his estranged girlfriend’s residence and struck both his ex-girlfriend and her brother in the head with a hammer causing serious physical injury. They say he also stole a vehicle belonging to one of the victims and tried to run over someone else standing in the street. Officers say Aune then drove that stolen car to a house in the 800 block of North 2nd Street and attempted to assault another person with the same hammer.

Klamath Falls Police Officers found Aune in the 800 block of North 2nd Street. He was taken into custody without incident. He faces these charges:

-Attempted Murder x 3 – Class A Felony
-Assault I x 2 – Class A Felony
-Attempted Assault I – Class B Felony
-Burglary I – Class A Felony
-Aggravated Harassment – Class C Felony
-Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle – Class C Felony
-Criminal Mischief III – Class C Misdemeanor
-Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver – Class A Misdemeanor
-Interfering with Making a Report – Class A Misdemeanor
-Violation of a Restraining Order
-Reckless Driving – Class A Misdemeanor

Both victims were transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center with serious injuries. The female victim was later flown to Bend, Oregon for additional medical treatment. The motive for the crimes is still under investigation.

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