Saturday, 20 March 2021

Zimbabwean Man Goes Beserk In The US, Attacks Wife With Hammer & Sets Fire To Family Home


A US-based Zimbabwean man went beserk and allegedly attacked his wife with a hammer before setting the family house on fire on Thursday morning.

52-year-old Golden Makusha of 9600 Morning Walk Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland was flown to the burn centre at Johns Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore for injuries he sustained in the incident.

Makusha is now facing a lengthy jail sentence after he was arrested and charged with multiple felony counts. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the 52-year-old has been charged with first- and second-degree assault, first-degree arson, reckless endangerment and other offences.

Makusha’s wife who survived the attack told the police that she was in bed and woke up after Makusha started attacking her with a hammer. She told the Sheriff’s deputies that her husband then wrapped his hands around her neck and began strangling her.

She only managed to escape, after he children intervened. After escaping from the scene, she sought refuge at a neighbour’s house, until the authorities arrived.

Makusha was found unconscious on top of an overturned push mower in the garage where two vehicles were on fire.


Zimbabwean Man Goes Beserk In The US, Attacks Wife With Hammer & Sets Fire To Family Home
Zimbabwean Man Goes Beserk In The US, Attacks Wife With Hammer & Sets Fire To Family Home


Below is the full statement from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on the incident.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office have charged a Hagerstown man in connection to an early morning assault and arson.

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, at approximately 3:45 AM, Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 9600 block of Morning Walk Drive, Hagerstown, MD, for a reported assault in progress.
Deputies contacted the female victim at the residence of a neighbour. The victim was covered in blood due to severe lacerations to the top and left side of her head. Injuries to her hands and arms were also observed.

The victim stated she was in bed and awoke to her husband beating her with a hammer. As the assault continued, she stated her spouse attempted to strangle her by wrapping his hands around her neck. An adult child heard the assault taking place and intervened, at which time the suspect attempted to assault her as well. The incident continued until another child within the residence contacted 9-1-1, and they escaped.

Zimbabwean Man Goes Beserk In The US, Attacks Wife With Hammer & Sets Fire To Family Home

While Emergency Medical Services were treating the victim, smoke began to emit from the victim’s residence garage. Forced entry was made into the garage. The suspect, identified as Golden Makusha, was found unconscious, lying on top of an upside-down push mower. A bottle of lighter fluid was located on the garage floor next to him.

Two vehicles within the garage were actively burning when entry was made. Members of the Community Volunteer Fire Company of District 12, the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company, the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company, and the Hagerstown Fire Department were on scene and extinguished the fire. Makusha was removed from the garage and initially transported to Meritus Medical Center but later flown to Bay View Burn Center for further treatment.

The victim was transported to Meritus Medical Center to treat her injuries; no one else was injured as a result of the incident.

Charges of Assault 1st Degree (two counts), Assault 2nd Degree (two counts) Reckless Endangerment (two counts), Arson 1st Degree (one count), and Arson 2nd Degree (two counts) have been obtained against Golden Makusha, 52, of Hagerstown.

Makusha and his wife are reported to have recently returned to the United States following a visit to Zimbabwe.

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