Chickasha man arrested after allegedly attacking sister with hammer

CHICKASHA, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman is left bruised and bloodied and police believe she had been assaulted by her brother, who was armed with a claw hammer.

Neighbors tell News4 this isn't the first time they've heard the Mandrell family arguing, but they never thought it would lead to a gruesome attack with a claw hammer.

“Oh it`s crazy alright,” said Joseph McCurley, a neighbor. “Brother sister arguing and that`s normally what it is. Or mom is screaming at them telling them to settle down or whatever and now this.”

The brother, 35 year old Elvie Mandrell Jr. is now behind bars for allegedly attacking his sister, Jamie Mandrell.

Joseph McCurley has lived next to the family for many years.

He found out about what happened from Elvie and Jamie's mother.

“His mom told us she was asleep and the way I understand it, she was saying her daughter was asleep also and she woke up to her daughter screaming for help,” said McCurley.

The affidavit says the attack happened early Friday morning.

After the mother woke up, she chased down Jamie and pulled the hammer out of her arm.

Elvie was nowhere to be found.

McCurley says he wasn't sure what led up to the attack, but reports say Jamie told police she was woke up to being struck by a hammer, but did not see or hear anything.

“That was a shocker when I was informed of this,” said McCurley.

But, Elvie told police both he and Jamie had hammers and threatened to beat each other and he just snapped.

“I mean, they argue every now and then,’ said McCurley. “They say words back and forth but they`ve never done nothing like that before. I honestly can`t believe it because it`s actually a pretty nice quiet neighborhood. It just kind of shocked me that he would do that to his own sister though.”

Jamie was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Elvie is in the Grady County Jail on an assault and battery complaint.