A 30-year-old homeless man has been arrested following an attack at the State Capitol Thursday morning that severely injured a female custodial employee.
Metro police responded around 4 a.m. to the State Capitol building at Sixth Avenue North and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard for an assault on a woman.
Lt. Governor Randy McNally and other personnel indicated the attack happened near a loading dock by a Capitol entrance.
When officers arrived, they said the victim was in her vehicle and had suffered serious trauma to her face.
The victim told police she cleans the State Capitol building and had just arrived to work when she was attacked by a man, identified by investigators as Anthony Wilson, who stated “I’m going to kill you, b***h!” and immediately began punching her in the face.
Police said the victim was knocked to the ground and then mounted by Wilson who repeatedly punched her in the face while his knees were on her body to hold her down.
Wilson attempted to hit the woman in the head with the base of a heavy portable metal sign that weighed approximately 45 pounds, investigators said.
Officers said the female employee was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a broken nose and bruised wrist.
Lt. Gov. McNally indicated the Capitol Hill worker also may have had “broken ribs.”
When police tried to arrest Wilson at the scene, they said he walked away and then took a fighting stance, pulling away as officers tried to put him in handcuffs.
Once taken into custody, Wilson was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
Later, Lt. Governor had a moment of silence for the Capitol Hill worker as he opened Thursday’s session.
Speaking to reporters after the session, Lt. Gov. McNally said the victim originally called Tennessee Highway Patrol officers–who guard the capitol–“after noticing a door” ajar.
“I think we will probably re-double our efforts about making sure all the doors are secure,” McNally added.
The Lt. Governor, who has more than 40-years here as a state lawmaker says he can’t recall anything like similar ever happening at the state capitol.
Investigators think the beating suspect did not actually get inside the capitol, because he is not seen on surveillance tape.