ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police believe Clayton Senn is the double amputee in a wheelchair who randomly bashed a 3-year-old boy's head with a hammer in a west side Smith's grocery store.
We were there last year when Senn, 37, was rescued from the freezing Bosque where he'd been trapped in the river for days. Even at that time, police told KRQE News 13 that he was a dangerous man.
In January of last year, Albuquerque rescuers saved Senn who'd been trapped in the mud in the river. He'd been stranded in the winter cold for three days.
As of Monday, Senn is now facing charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police cars lined the entrance to Smith's on Golf Course Road and McMahon just before 1 p.m. on Monday.
They suspect Senn of fracturing a young boy's skull with a hammer he grabbed in the store.
"They found out that the individual that struck him was also trying to strike other children with a hammer inside of the store," said Tasia Martinez with Albuquerque Police.
At least two other children, police say, both under the age of 5.
One woman told KRQE she was in a nearby aisle when she heard the victim's mother screaming.
She says the boy's father quickly jumped on the attacker. Then, police say, the father had to be subdued.
"Witnesses say they had to try to restrain the child's father prior to police arrival because the father was obviously so upset about what happened to his child that he was trying to get at the offender," Martinez said.
When Senn was rescued from the Bosque last year, police told us he was a transient wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Online records show he was charged with aggravated battery in 2008 and battery of a health care worker in August of last year.
Shoppers that go to the Smith's where the hammer attack happened Monday are in disbelief.
"It is such a shock that a man would do that to a young boy, but you just never know what's going to happen. You just have to be vigilant," shopper Marina Gutierrez said.
Senn is in jail where police say he'll undergo a mental health evaluation.
Police say the 3-year-old boy is at UNM Hospital where he's expected to make a full recovery from that fractured skull.
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