Some are finding it hard to believe that a father who beat up a naked peeping Tom outside his daughters' window is now facing charges.
Emilio Chavez has been charged for beating an alleged peeping Tom, but neighbors don't agree with the legal action that could be taken against the father. (Image via KRQE video screenshot)
According to KRQE-TV, Emilio Chavez III of Albuquerque allegedly beat Dylan Maho so badly after he found the man naked outside his home that he has been charged with aggravated battery. Maho had to be taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now stable.
The incident occurred Thursday around 2:30 a.m. when family members heard something outside of the 13 and 15-year-old girls' window.
"The bushes were shaking. Then she heard groaning and moaning," the teenagers' mother Katrina Chavez told KRQE. "My oldest son went out, said 'What are you doing?' and then discovered he was naked."
A 911 call was made, but when police arrived they found that the girls' father, brother and a friend had apparently chased Maho down the street. When police found Maho, he had been beaten.
“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,” Albuquerque Police Department Officer Tasia Martinez told KRQE.
But neighbors have come to Chavez's defense:
“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.
“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.
Bill Morang has spoken to local news stations in defense of the father who he said was just protecting his family. (Image via KOAT video screenshot)
"We've got a father, a young father, who could lose everything because of this one person," neighbor Michael Salter told KOAT-TV, expressing his disbelief at the situation.
Watch KOAT's report:
The neighbors also noted to KRQE that they had been trying to shield their children from sex parties Maho had been throwing at his home only a couple doors down. The local news station did find invitations online to such parties that match Maho's address.
Morang said neighbors call him "the nudist" and noted that after the weekend they occasionally find condom wrappers in the street, according to KOB-TV.
"I would've done a little worse than what happened to him and I think any man or dad would do the same," Morang continued. "I feel bad for the other guy and I hope nothing bad happens to him for protecting his family. I think he did what's right."
Once in better condition, police are expected to charge Maho with voyeurism, which is a fourth degree felony when committed against victims who are minors.
Chavez's aggravated battery charge though could be a third degree felony if "great bodily harm" was inflicted.
Speaking with KRQE, Chavez said he was so angry, he doesn't remember chasing down Maho and that he wishes he didn't beat him so badly. The station noted Chavez having a criminal record for child abuse and domestic violence.
(H/T: Daily Mail)