ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police say a woman was beaten held hostage for nearly eight hours by her son who said demons made him do it.
The incident allegedly happened in her northwest Albuquerque home the last week of September and police say her 12-year-old son may be the reason she's still alive.
The criminal complaint says it all started when the woman and her son, Romano Chavez, 20, began arguing. At one point, the mother told police she kept thinking, “Oh my god, my son's going to kill me.”
Police say she was hit repeatedly and choked unconscious at least five times. They say Chavez also forced her to read the Bible.
“He had her read out of the Bible and told her to get the demons out of them,” Albuquerque police officer Simon Drobik said. “He must have been having some type of mental health issue or break down.”
At one point, police say the woman tried screaming out the back door for help.The woman said when Chavez heard those screams, he said “... if you try that again, it's going to get real ugly.”
Finally, police say the woman told Chavez that her younger son would be coming home from school and that the torture needed to stop.
When the doorbell rang, Chavez let her answer it and that's when she bolted for the neighbors.
“A 12-year-old boy called dispatch and advised them his mother was dying,” Drobik said.
They were able to get back inside their home about an hour later. The woman told police Chavez left with a .22 caliber rifle.
When police showed up, they found the woman with quite a few cuts and bruises. At the hospital, doctors found multiple torn ligaments in her neck.
Police were able to catch up with Chavez the next day. He faces multiple charges including kidnapping and aggravated assault.
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