Former TV show host and best-selling author, psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, says he was attacked by murder suspect Keith Luke when he was evaluating him at the Plymouth House of Corrections on Thursday morning.
Ablow said Luke jumped on a desk and kicked him in the head after the guards left the evaluation room. Guards then rushed in to subdue and shackle Luke.
“He was only one or two seconds into the room before he rushed me,” Dr. Ablow told FOX25’s Ted Daniel in his Newburyport office. “He was able to kick me in the side of the head and tried to get on top of me.”
“When I saw him coming at me, and looked at his eyes, he was just intent on doing what he was going to do,” said Ablow.
Luke, 23, from Brockton, was last seen in court with a swastika carved into his forehead, grinning at the familes of his victims. He is being held in Plymouth as he awaits his upcoming murder trial.
Luke is accused of rape and double murder in an alleged plot to kill non-whites in January 2009. His victims were all of Cape Verdean descent.
Ablow says he was hired by Luke's attorney to perform a psychiatric evaluation for the upcoming trial. He says he will try to evaluate Luke again if Luke’s attorney wants him to.
Luke's attorney is trying to get him moved to a mental hospital as he awaits trial.
Ablow says he was not injured in the attack.
Plymouth County officials said Luke was handcuffed at the time of the attack. He was returned to his cell afterwards.