Ogdensburg teen speaks out after being attacked in his home with a hammer

Burg teen hit with hammer

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - An Ogdensburg teen needed 13 stitches after he and his girlfriend were attacked during a home invasion this week.

Josh Lampett and Rheannon Reynolds still can't believe it happened.

Someone really was attacking them in bed with a hammer on the second floor of their home on Mechanic Street.

“We knew after they swung something at us. That’s how I knew someone was there, but I honestly thought it was a dream at first. I didn’t even think it was real,” said Lampett.

He got the worst of it with the hammer in the 2 a.m. attack.

One of the two young men who broke in held Reynolds down; she screamed, Lampett fought back.

“I basically tried to grab the kid after that because it hurt really bad," said Lampett, "so I tried to grab the kid and the other kid that was there ended up hitting me with the safe that was mine.”

The two attackers had entered through a window. Lampett said they fled with the safe. He ran out the front door, leaving a trail of blood drops.

“I came running outside just to see what was going on and see where they went. And they ended up taking off in a car down the street,” said Lampett.

Police and an ambulance arrived quickly.

Lampett needed 13 stitches in his head at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Reynolds had bruises.

Police continue to look for the attackers.

The nature of this attack spread quickly on social media. Its violence shocked the community. At Lisbon Wesleyan Church the pastor put out a call for prayer.

Lampett’s grandparents and mother go to church there. Pastor Floyd McCallum put the call out on Facebook.

“When something serious like this happens we want to get people praying for them,” said McCallum, "for their physical recovery, emotional recovery, in this case mental – the violent attack.”

Lampett said the men were wearing masks. Police would like anyone who may have seen anything that night on Mechanic Street to call them.

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