A father in Albuquerque, N.M., who beat a naked man peeking inside his teenage daughter’s window has been arrested for assault and could face a longer prison term than the peeping Tom.
Police said Emilio Chavez III, his brother and a family friend beat the alleged peeper, Dylan Maho, 29, so badly that he was hospitalized, a local television station reported. The district attorney wants to charge Mr. Chavez with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony that could land him in jail for three years.
Mr. Chavez told another local station that he was so angry at discovering the suspect at his daughter’s window that he didn’t even recall assaulting him.
Mr. Maho is in stable condition at the hospital and will be charged with voyeurism, a fourth-degree felony that only brings between one and two years of jail time.
Community members voiced their outrage and sympathy for their neighbor’s plight.
“There’s a naked man outside his daughter’s window,” Mr. Chavez’s neighbor Bill Morgang told the station. “I think he was well within his rights chasing him down and beating him.”
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