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Man beats on mom’s friend, cars in traffic with baseball bat

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe man was arrested on an attempted second-degree murder charge and other counts after he attacked his mother’s boyfriend with a bat and then started bashing cars in traffic at the intersection of Rodeo Road and Yucca Street Monday afternoon.

Christian Lopez, 24, racked up 18 criminal charges, including attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage to property.

Christian Lopez

According to a criminal complaint, Lopez attacked the boyfriend with a pink baseball bat, hitting him in the head and face. The injured 59-year-old man told police that Lopez said “I’m going to kill you” and “you’re dead” while hitting him at their Santa Fe home.

He sustained a broken arm and bruises and cuts on his head.

After leaving the house and covered in blood, Lopez used the bat to hit seven cars at the Rodeo/Yucca intersection, according to the complaint. Drivers told officers that Lopez hit windows, windshields, passenger side doors and mirrors. Some of the drivers told police Lopez attempted to enter their cars.

Responding officer Javier Vigil said Lopez only dropped the bat after Vigil made several commands with his police weapon drawn. Vigil also stated in the complaint that Lopez told him his mother’s boyfriend had knocked him out with the bat and took the bat from him.

When asked why he hit the cars, “Mr. Lopez explained he believed his mother’s boyfriend was driving the vehicles and trying to get him,” Vigil wrote. Vigil stated in the complaint that Lopez was possibly intoxicated.

The boyfriend told police that the incident occurred after he told Lopez to go to bed. He said it appeared Lopez was under the influence and hadn’t slept all night, according to the complaint.

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