ABQ man holds woman hostage, beats her with hammer

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One man is in custody after holding a woman hostage in northwest Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Police Department said officers responded to a call that a woman was being held against her will at a residence in the 1500 block of Calle Del Vista northwest Saturday morning.

Responding officers attempted to make contact with a man inside the residence to release the woman but the man would not comply. Officers also observed items that appeared to be explosives near the home and APD said the house appeared to be booby trapped. SWAT and the Bomb Squad were called in to assist officers.

Initial negotiations between the man and officers fell through. SWAT officers then entered the home to retrieve the female.

The female hostage informed officers that the man had head butted her, beat her with his fists and used a hammer to hit her as well.

APD said the man eventually came out of the house on his own and was taken into custody without further incident.

The incident is currently under investigation. APD said the devices found near the residence were not active explosives.

Michael D. Dehoney, 57, was charged with kidnapping and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Police Chief Gorden Eden said Saturday’s SWAT call was good work by officers which resulted in a peaceful resolution.

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