ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A birthday party quickly turns violent as bricks, bats and a machete spoil the fun.
This all happened at a home in northeast Albuquerque Friday night. A family member says the bizarre situation all started when a neighbor asked for a blanket for her granddaughter, but then she wouldn't leave.
“We were all like “get out” and she started fighting with my mom and my sister and my aunt and my uncle,” a woman at the party says.
That neighbor is 42-year-old Maria Mendoza. The family says once Mendoza finally left, she threatened she'd come back with her “gang.”
A criminal complaint states about a half hour later, Mendoza did come back. The complaint says she came with ten people or so with bricks and bats. Police say one person had a machete.
The family member we spoke with says that's when they started breaking windows on the house and a car parked in the driveway.
In the attack, one girl had her face cut pretty bad. Another family member says a group of children were so scared, they hid in a closet.
When police showed up, Mendoza was taken away, but the family says not before yelling a few more words.
“When the cops got her she was all like, her daughters and everything, they were all like, ‘I'm going to get you guys, no matter if my mom is in jail, I’m going to get you guys,’” a witness said.
The family says they've had problems with Mendoza in the past. They've known her for about 9 months.
Police say the damage to the car and the house was more than $1,000. Mendoza remains in jail and faces felony charges.
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