Man accused of attacking woman with hammer

Posted at: 03/29/2014 4:59 PM
Updated at: 03/29/2014 6:48 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon,

An Albuquerque man landed behind bars after police say he attacked a woman with a hammer.

SWAT was called to a home near Atrisco and Iliff on Saturday.

They were responding to a call, in which a man, Michael Dehoney, was holding a woman hostage in his home.

Police say the woman’s friend called them saying he believed that Dehoney had bombs and was not allowing the woman to leave.

When officers arrived, they were not allowed inside.

However, they say that the victim was screaming for help through a window.

According to a criminal complaint, Dehoney struck the woman with a hammer when she tried to leave or talk.

"The male inside the house had head-butted her, beat her with his fist, had a hammer, hammered her knees," Albuquerque police officer Simon Drobik said.

The woman was eventually freed, but police say she was badly injured.

After arresting Dehoney, police say they did find explosives.

The bomb squad was called to the scene, but they say the explosives were not a threat.

APD Police Chief Gorden Eden released the following statement:

"Today's SWAT call represents good work by our officers resulting in the peaceful resolution of a difficult and dynamic situation."