Search for Accused Baseball Bat Beater

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Thirty-seven-year-old William Dishman is accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend with a baseball bat. According to investigators, he broke into the apartment he used to share with his ex-girlfriend near Centerville and Capital Circle.

The woman woke up on the couch with Dishman standing over her bat in hand.

"He battered her and it went far more than from a regular domestic battery type situation to an attempted murder, and this is a very scary thing," said Leon County Sheriff's SGT Chris Chase.

Detectives say Monday morning isn't the first time he attacked her. They say he busted in her door and beat her Saturday morning. In this latest attack, it was the victim that got away first.

"While he was distracted the victim was able to escape from the residence and seek help," said Chase.

The help came from a passerby who took her to the nearby Publix to call for help. Back at the apartment, Dishman got in her car and took off. It’s a green 2001 Nissan Sentra possibly with a Florida tag H176UV.

The victim was badly beaten and bruised and was treated and released from Capital Regional Medical Center. Dishman faces charges of attempted murder and grand theft auto.