ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man accused of ambushing his brother-in-law with a crossbow and shooting him in the head with it, has been in the news before.
He has been featured for his good deeds.
Wendell Gunthorpe is now in the headlines for a crossbow attack in a Santa costume, but KRQE News 13 has interviewed him in the past few years, for his good deeds.
The attempted murder suspect and alleged wife abuser, 75 year-old Gunthorpe, has quite a history.
Gunthorpe, in a 2008 interview with KRQE News 13, was seen helping a cancer stricken teen learn to fly.
Now, he is making news for a completely different reason.
Christmas Eve, police say Gunthorpe went to his in-laws' apartment in the heights dressed in a Santa hat and mask. Police say stood off in the distance and shot his brother-in-law above the ear with a crossbow, then walked up and punched his estranged wife in the face.
His brother-in-law ripped off the Santa mask, identifying Gunthorpe to police.
Then there is the other interview KRQE News 13 did with him just last spring, when a pooch saved Gunthorpe's dog with a blood transfusion.
Now, it's Gunthorpe who is in trouble, charged with attempted murder, battery and stalking.
According to friends and family members, this is not the first time Gunthorpe has been charged with attempted murder.
Gunthorpe is still behind bars.
As for his brother-in-law, he dislodged the arrow from his head before police arrived.
He is doing fine.
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