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Suspect in hammer attack caught on tape headed for court

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DETROIT (WJBK) - WARNING: The above video footage included in this report is graphic and disturbing.

UPDATE Aug. 15>> The court date for Keith Randolph Lewis was adjourned until Aug. 19. It was originally scheduled for Friday, August 15.

The suspect in a brutal hammer attack recorded on video is in Wayne County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The disturbing video shows a parking lot confrontation that quickly escalates into a savage attack.

Detroit Police arrested Keith Randolph Lewis for bludgeoning the man seen in the video.

Lewis is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

The attack happened at Grandy's Coney Island on Outer Drive and Sherwood.

Rosa Johnson was a customer there and says she won't be back after seeing the video.

"That isn't right, that's what scares me," she says. "There are guys in there rapping and asking for our food, and for a few dollars for bites of food. Sometimes you come out and you see drug transactions and everything going on, and it made me uncomfortable. My kids, I'm not trying to raise them around that type of environment."

After seeing the mug shot of Lewis, Johnson says he looked familiar as a regular at the restaurant.

"I recognize him only as a person [who would] be up here bumming cigarettes and rapping inside the place without buying anything," she says. "People need to learn to look out for one another."

Police are not saying what led to the attack, but the attacker said something about the victim carjacking him. It's unclear who the victim is at this time. He was taken to Henry Ford Hospital in temporary serious condition.

Fox 2 sent Lewis' court-appointed lawyer a link to the video, which went viral with nearly 500,000 views in one day on, but the lawyer declined to comment.

The attack, which happened a couple weeks ago, was not seen by the owner of the restaurant or his employees. It was not picked up on surveillance cameras. The owner says he usually tries to break up fights and force troublemakers to leave.

A preliminary examination of the evidence was scheduled for Friday morning. 
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