Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Plea Deal Rejected in Hammer Attack

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Plea Deal Rejected in Hammer Attack

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A Hackensack man accused of severely beating a Teaneck woman with a hammer has rejected a plea offer that could have put him behind bars for up to 20 years for attempted murder.

Mark Hunt, 52, was arrested in February 2014 after a high-speed chase through several towns in Bergen County, ending in Franklin Lakes.

Authorities said Hunt was being sought for the attack on the woman, who was dating him. Prosecutors said he hit the woman, Delphinia Howard, on the head with a hammer, leaving her critically injured, and then fled from her Irvington Road home in her car after stealing her money.

Police found Howard covered with blood and rushed her to a hospital, where she was treated for multiple skull fractures.

Hunt was on the run for a few days until a patrol officer spotted the stolen car on Beech Street in Maywood. When the officer tried to pull over the car, the driver -- later identified as Hunt -- took off and led police on the chase, they said.

He fled through Maywood and Paramus and then got onto Routes 4 and 208 before he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree in Franklin Lakes, they said. …

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