I want to give every parent a hypothetical scenario to think about. Just imagine how you would feel if you discovered a peeping tom outside your children’s window. Now imagine how you would feel if you discovered the peeping tom was naked. Think about that for a moment. What would you be likely to do to the pervert who was ogling your children and wearing no clothes? You can answer that question in the comments, but suffice it to say, my reaction would not be pleasant to any individual I caught in such a compromising situation.
Such is the case of Emilio Chavez III of Albuquerque. He caught one Dylan Maho outside his daughter’s window and he was naked. That’s right, he was hiding in the bushes outside the girls’ window and he was as naked as the day he was born. Here’s what happened next.
The Blaze – The incident occurred Thursday around 2:30 a.m. when family members heard something outside of the 13 and 15-year-old girls’ window.
“The bushes were shaking. Then she heard groaning and moaning,” the teenagers’ mother Katrina Chavez told KRQE. “My oldest son went out, said ‘What are you doing?’ and then discovered he was naked.”
A 911 call was made, but when police arrived they found that the girls’ father, brother and a friend had apparently chased Maho down the street. When police found Maho, he had been beaten.
So far, this story isn’t surprising. Any father I know would have done the same thing and they would have had to outrun the mother to beat her to the punch. Thus far, it’s been fairly predictable. Outraged father defends daughters’ honor, etc. Now, for the not so good part. The reaction of the police left much to be desired, in my honest opinion. It seems they didn’t take kindly to Emilio Chavez’s reaction to the naked peeping tom. He has been charged with aggravated battery.
“We have a lot of concerns when victims provoke any kinds of attacks or pursue their attackers even if it’s with good reason, for instance in this situation where you have your children being victimized,” Albuquerque Police Department Officer Tasia Martinez told KRQE.
Once in better condition, police are expected to charge Maho with voyeurism, which is a fourth degree felony when committed against victims who are minors.
Chavez’s aggravated battery charge though could be a third degree felony if “great bodily harm” was inflicted.
Go figure that out. If the charges stand as described, Emilio Chavez could easily spend more time in prison than the man who was hiding naked in the bushes outside his daughter’s window. If that isn’t a travesty of justice, it will do nicely until a better example comes along.
Does a father not have the right to defend and protect his family? Was he supposed to wait until the police arrived, just letting Dylan Maho kill time by rustling the bushes outside his daughter’s window? I think not. Not only does he have the right, he has an obligation to do just that.
Maybe such a severe beating should not have been administered, but the peeping tom shouldered that responsibility when he made the decision to take off his clothes and try to get a glimpse of two girls through their bedroom window. How the District Attorney can justify going through with the charges against Chavez is beyond my comprehension. If he does, maybe the good citizens of Albuquerque could muster up a recall election, similar to the one just held in Colorado.