ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque dad who almost beat a naked Peeping Tom to death has been charged with aggravated battery.
And now his neighbors coming to his defense saying the man did what all fathers would do if they caught someone peering at their daughters though a bedroom window.
Emilio Chavez III is now facing an aggravated battery change after police say he severely beat the accused peeper, Dylan Maho, 29.
“I think it’s a shame,” said Bill Morang, a nearby neighbor. “How do you think rationally when something like that happens? You defend your family, its basic instinct.”
“I'd probably done the same thing,” added Michael Felter, another neighbor.
Police say Chavez beat the suspect in the middle of Garnet Avenue SW near Unser and Gibson boulevards after he tried to run off. Chavez’s family members told police they spotted Maho standing naked in their front yard staring at the 13- and 15-year-old girls in the family.
Both the Albuquerque Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office say the beating is not clear cut self-defense.
“We have a lot of concerns when victims provoke any kinds of attacks or pursue their attackers even if it’s with good reason, for instance in this situation where you have your children being victimized,” said APD Officer Tasia Martinez.
However, neighbors like Morang say they support Chavez's actions. Morang says Maho lives in a home on Corriz Drive just a few doors down from the girls he’s accused of spying on.
Neighbors alleged that for the last several months Maho has been holding loud sex parties at his home drawing dozens of couples.
“Swinging parties every other weekend where they leave windows open," Morang said. "We have to hide our children from it."
The home's address is listed online with multiple open invitations to sex parties and the name “Dylan” next to it. With the history, neighbors say they would've acted the same.
“I would do absolutely the same thing to protect my family, and I think any, like I said yesterday, I think any man or father or would the same thing to protect them,” said Morang.
“Anything that's going to destroy a family and a neighborhood because of a Peeping Tom looking naked inside of a child's house, it's absolutely wrong,” said Felter.
Maho is still in the hospital in critical but stable condition. When he's better police say he'll be charged with voyeurism. He doesn't seem to have a criminal record in New Mexico.
Chavez has not been arrested yet for the aggravated battery charge. It's not clear if he will be or if he'll summoned to court. Chavez does have a criminal history for child abuse and domestic violence.
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