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Spokane teen attacked by hatchet wielding man

17-year-old  Keelan Babinski says he was attacked by a man wielding a hatchet 17-year-old Keelan Babinski says he was attacked by a man wielding a hatchet

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - A 17-year-old from Spokane was transported to the hospital Friday night with apparent wounds from a hatchet after he says he was attacked by a man near the Coeur d'Alene resort.

According to a police report, Keelan Babinski was swimming with some friends in the area of Tubbs Hill shortly before 10 p.m. Friday.

While in the area of Tubbs Hill the teens say they found a hatchet, which Babinski was carrying with him when the group left the hill and went into a nearby parking lot. That's when Babinski says they were approached by a man, who, according to the teen, had been drinking.

The man approached Babinski and asked why he was 'talking $%&t.' The teen tried to tell the man that he had not been 'talking $%&t' while still holding the hatchet.

The man then asked Babinski what he was going to do with the hatchet and the teen responded he was not going to do anything.  According to a police report, that's when the man grabbed the hatchet and started hitting Babinski.

Babinski was struck in the left eye, on the top of his head and on his right eyebrow. The teen says the man swung four or five times but he he was able to block some of the attacks.

A friend of Babinski's tried to grab the hatchet from the man when he stopped hitting the him but could not get it.

The man then said he was going to call police and that he would not be the one in trouble.

Babinski's friends took him to a nearby gas station from where he was transported to the hospital.

The suspect is described as a white male in is late teens or early 20s. He described as being about 5'9" and having longer dark hair. He was unshaven and was wearing a black T-shirt and jeans.

Babinski is out of the hospital and back home, with lacerations to his face and head.  Several surgical staples were used to close the wound Babinski recieved to his scalp.

Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the Coeur d'Alane Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

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