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Police: Sword-wielding man charged in Christmas Day attack

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Updated: 6/21/2013 11:54 pm

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Ken Ackis remembers every detail about the day his neighbor was found beaten in her Jacksonville Beach apartment.

"She lived here for more than 10 years and had a pattern, but we hadn't seen her and it was Christmas Day."

He'd been trying to reach her for four days, but says 51-year-old Maximillian Michaels kept getting in the way. Finally, Ackis called police and requested they perform a wellness check.

"The great thing was that they found her and that she was alive."

But barely.

Ackis says he watched as Michaels pulled a sword on the responding officers, and was arrested. His girlfriend was found in the back bedroom, dehydrated, with her face bleeding and her skull crushed.

It wasn't until Friday that Michaels was also charged with attempted murder.

"He's off the street and he can't hurt anybody else," said Ackis. "I'm happy for her."

Police say the victim - whom Action News is not identifying - is only now able to tell them what happened.

Just last week, she surprised Ackis with a visit, hoping to remember more details about that night and put Michaels away for good.

"She can communicate but not very well. I think she knew what she wanted to say, but the words wouldn't come out correctly."

Ackis says she's come a long way, and was able to thank him for making the call that saved her life. He now knows he made the right decision to call police that day and says he'll do whatever else needed, to keep her alleged attacker behind bars.

"It's the golden rule. You've just got to look out for each other and take care of each other."

Michaels has been behind bars for assaulting an officer, but is now also charged with felony attempted murder and false imprisonment.

Ackis says his neighbor is now receiving treatment at an assisted-living facility in Central Florida where she is closer to family.


The suspect has been in jail since the Christmas attack facing charges for assaulting an officer. He is now facing charges for attempted murder and false imprisonment.
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nativejax - 6/21/2013 6:21 PM
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He should of used that sword to cut that grotesque 'thing' growing on his stupid face. Poor woman, I hope she is okay now.
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