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Police: Lafayette man violently attacked mom, sister with nunchucks

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Kasey Heermann's booking photo. Kasey Heermann's booking photo.
The home Heermann shares with his mother in Lafayette. The home Heermann shares with his mother in Lafayette.
LAFAYETTE, OR (KPTV) -

A Lafayette man is in jail on $500,000 bail after police say he violently beat his own mother and sister with nunchucks, sending them both to the hospital.

Kasey Heermann, 28, is now charged with attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of strangulation and first-degree criminal mischief.

The attack happened Saturday afternoon, at the home Heermann shares with his mother in the small Oregon town of Lafayette.

Neighbors describe Heermann and his mother as nice people who kept to themselves.

“She moved in just a couple, 3 years ago,” next-door neighbor Chris Neer told Fox 12, adding that she only had a few interactions with the family.  “[Kasey was] just a nice guy, there wasn’t anything creepy about him, he was just a regular, really nice guy.”

Officers said when they arrived at the home Saturday, Heermann was covered in blood.  Court records show he admitted to police he beat his mother in the head with the nunchucks, punched her in the head with his fist and kicked her in the back all in an attempt to kill her.

Records also show Heermann told police his sister “locked herself inside the bathroom of the home with her small child” in an attempt to escape, but that he “broke through the door to get to her.”  Heermann told police he beat his sister in the head once with the nunchucks and choked her, not in an attempt to kill her, but to show her “how serious he was” and that “he wanted to punish her.”

Court records make no indication of why Heermann wanted to “punish” his sister or kill his mother.

He has no prior criminal history in Oregon.

“I wish them well, I hope she comes back and is able to come back and live here,” Neer added.  “She’s a really nice neighbor and I just hope they all recover quickly and the son gets the help he needs.”

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office says the case will be referred to Yamhill County Mental Health for review. 

“I think mental health is a big issue and hopefully, maybe something will come of it,” said Craig Wade, who is staying in Lafayette.

Heermann is due back in court on September 28th.

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