Affidavit: Man beat ex-wife with hammer following menudo argument


ANTHONY, N.M (KTSM) – An argument over a dirty microwave led to a bloody confrontation between a woman and her ex-husband Monday, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators.

Heriberto Vasquez-Gutierrez is charged with one count of Attempted Murder in the violent assault of his ex-wife.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 3000 block of Opitz Road in Anthony, New Mexico around 6:20 p.m. after Vasquez-Gutierrez called to report that his ex-wife had fallen.

Officials say emergency medical crews responding to the call noticed the woman’s injuries were not consistent with a fall and noted excessive blood loss.

Vasquez-Gutierrez and his ex-wife have been divorced for six to seven years, according to court documents obtained by KTSM. However, he told investigators she let him move into her home three months ago because he didn’t have a place to stay.

Documents state Vasquez-Gutierrez admitted to getting into an argument with his ex-wife around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning when he heated up a bowl of menudo in the microwave. He told investigators she accused him of getting the microwave dirty, which upset him.

During the argument, he allegedly pushed her into a wall with such force that it broke the sheetrock. Court documents show he got a knife and hammer which he used to stab and hit his ex-wife multiple times.

After the attack, Vasquez-Gutierrez told investigators he didn’t know how to use the phone to call 911 and took pills in an attempt to kill himself. He woke up nearly eight hours later — around 6:20 p.m. — and saw his ex-wife still on the floor. Vasquez-Gutierrez allegedly told detectives he considered suicide again but called 911 instead.

The woman was flown to University Medical Center with severe head trauma, multiple stab wounds to her throat, hands, arms and stomach, according to court records.

Vasquez-Gutierrez was transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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