Man Broke Into Home, Claimed He Lived There. Then, He Drug Out the Actual Owner and Beat Him With a Mallet Covered in Nails, Police Say.

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Jun. 30 2023, Published 4:49 p.m. ET

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A Texas man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a home, claimed he was the owner and then beat the actual owner with a mallet covered in nails, according to officials.

On June 26, police said 59-year-old Mark Sanchez showed up at a residence in Bexar County claiming he lived there and told the victim, who police confirmed is the true resident of the home, that he wanted the victim to get out, according to KSAT.

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According to authorities, Sanchez entered the home with several other people and they started assaulting the victim.

The victim told police Sanchez struck him multiple times “with a mallet with nails driven into the head of it,” KSAT reported.

Sanchez and the other suspects then allegedly dragged the victim outside of his home. The victim then tried to call 911, but the group started assaulting him again.

He was eventually able to run to a neighbor’s house and call police, officials said.

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Once officers arrived at the scene, they found the “head of a mallet with multiple nails protruding from it with blood on the nails.” They also found a trail of blood in front of the victim’s home, according to KSAT.

Officers did get in touch with Sanchez on the night of June 26 and Sanchez admitted to assaulting the victim to “get him to understand he was not wanted there,” according to court documents.


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Investigators didn’t provide any details on whether or not Sanchez and the victim have any history together.

On June 27, officers were called to the home again after the victim said Sanchez was standing outside the residence, holding a firearm and threatening to kill him, KSAT reported.

Once at the scene, officers were able to detain Sanchez, who admitted he was armed with a taser.

Sanchez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and his bond was set at $100,000, authorities said.

According to officials, Sanchez goes by several aliases and has been arrested under multiple names. His criminal history dates back to the early 1980s and includes more than 20 charges, like drug possession, credit card abuse, burglary of vehicles and unauthorized use of a firearm.

Sanchez was out on bond for an unauthorized use of a vehicle charge when this alleged assault took place, police said.


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