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5:55am — S.F. Man Accused of Attacking Daughter, Boyfriend With Machete

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 41-year-old arrested early Tuesday tells police he’s had ‘anger-management issues’ in the past.

Erasmo Santos, 41, of Santa Fe, was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member after allegedly cutting his daughter’s hand and attacking the daughter’s boyfriend with a machete, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Santos told police he blacked out Monday night because he was so angry at the boyfriend, acknowledging that he has had anger-management issues in the past that his family has tried to help him address but without success, The New Mexican said.

A probable-cause statement said Santos’ wife told him Monday that their daughter was dating a man the family knows, the paper reported.

It was unclear how old Santos’ daughter is, but The New Mexican found an unrelated court record indicating that the male victim was born in 1973, making him 36 or 37 years old.

Police said Santos invited the boyfriend over to his home Monday night, then greeted him with a machete that his daughter tried to grab from her father, cutting her hand in the struggle, according to the probable-cause statement.


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Santos then chased the boyfriend outside and slashed him in the left arm and shoulder with the machete, the police statement said.

Witnesses told police that Santos announced during the incident that he wasn’t going to stop until he killed the boyfriend, The New Mexican said.

There was no mention of alcohol or drugs being involved in the incident, the paper reported.

Santos is being held at the Santa Fe County Jail on a $10,000 bond as well as an immigration detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The New Mexican said.