31-year-old arrested after assaulting two women, authorities say

Hazel Leonard Budden Jr., 31, of Sumter
Hazel Leonard Budden Jr., 31, of Sumter

SUMTER, S.C. (WCBD) — A Sumter man is in jail after deputies responded to a call about an assault.

Hazel Leonard Budden Jr., 31, is charged with two counts of attempted murder.

About 9:15 a.m. Saturday, October 15, deputies and EMS responded to a report of a physical altercation at a residence in the 200 block of Murphy Street in Sumter. We’re told when deputies arrived, they found two female victims with lacerations.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Ken Bell, one of the victims told authorities she dated Budden but they do not live together. She said she had just arrived home when Budden came outside and began hitting and fighting her. She said Budden pulled out a box cutter and cut her, according to a news release.

The other victim reported to be the sister of the first victim, said she looked outside and saw what was happening and ran outside to try to help her sister. Budden reportedly attacked the sister at that point, also cutting her.

One victim did not require medical treatment. The other was one transported by Sumter EMS to Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Budden was arrested near the scene and the weapon he reportedly used was recovered.

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