Hobbs man pleads not guilty in hammer attack

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A Hobbs man has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of attacking an elderly couple in Las Cruces couple during a robbery.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 42-year-old Guy Jaime Young entered the plea to nine felony counts Monday in state District Court.

Police have said Young on June 11 approached an 82-year-old man and hit him over the head with the hammer before entering the home and striking the man’s 79-year-old wife on the head.

He then fled in the couple’s pickup but was located by police at a truck stop 90 minutes later.

Charges against Young include two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, three counts of evidence tampering and one count each of aggravated burglary and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

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