A 59-year-old man in Texas was arrested this week after he allegedly broke into another man’s home and claimed he owned the property, then dragged the victim outside where he beat him with a sledgehammer that had multiple nails in it. head.
Mark Sanchez was taken into custody Wednesday night and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, records reviewed by Law & Crime show.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate KSAT-TV in San Antonio, Sanchez and several others showed up unannounced at the victim’s Bexar County home Monday night. Details about the status of the others and who they were were not released.
Once there, Sánchez allegedly claimed that he owned the house and demanded that the man residing there leave immediately.
Without permission, Sánchez and his associates reportedly entered the victim’s house and began to attack him. The victim, whose name and address were not included in the affidavit, reportedly told police during the attack inside the home that Sanchez was wielding a particularly dangerous weapon. She claimed that Sánchez hit him multiple times using “a sledgehammer with nails driven into his head,” KSAT reported.
Sánchez and the other individuals reportedly dragged the victim outside and continued to beat him. The man escaped and called the police.
San Antonio Police Department officers reportedly said they recovered “the head of a sledgehammer with several nails protruding from it.”
The affidavit also found a trail of what appeared to be blood leading from the victim’s door to the front of the house and noted that the head of the sledgehammer had “blood on the fingernails,” according to KSAT.
The affidavit says Sanchez admitted to police that he attacked the victim and said he was trying to make the victim “understand that they didn’t want him there.”
Sánchez was arrested Tuesday after allegedly returning to the man’s home with a gun and threatening to kill him. Authorities said they learned that Sanchez had recently been arrested and charged with assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle, but he had been released on bail.
It was not clear if the suspect and the victim knew each other before the attack.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a message asking about the arrests of Sanchez’s alleged accomplices and additional details about the incident.
He is being held in the Bexar County jail on $100,000 bond, records show.
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