Teen attacked with hatchet in downtown Nashville

An 18-year-old woman was hospitalized after being struck in the back with a hatchet Thursday afternoon in downtown Nashville.

An official with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department said the victim is an exchange student who is staying with a local family. She explained that the woman was standing at the corner of Van Buren and Gould Streets when the attack occurred.

The official says that Dana Ericson, of Nashville, was arrested in the unprovoked attack and booked in the Brown County Jail. Charges were not announced. Brown County Sheriff Department Sgt. Mike Moore told “The Brown County Democrat” that there was no indication of any relationship between Ericson and the victim, nor between Ericson and the teen’s host family. He told the paper that the attack occurred, “out of the blue.”

The Sheriff’s Department official said the victim’s injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.