A Miami man is in custody after seriously injuring his wife with a hammer in a domestic dispute early Saturday morning.
Miami police said they responded to an apartment building in the 600 block of Southwest Seventh Court at about 8 a.m. after a neighbor called saying they heard a woman crying out for help in Spanish.
Officers arrived and entered the apartment where they saw the suspect, Jose Guillermo Duarte, 81, covered in blood and attacking the victim with a hammer. The officers took Duarte into custody after ordering him to drop the hammer.
Duarte has been charged with one count of premeditated attempted murder with a deadly weapon. Miami Fire Rescue transported the woman to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where she remains in critical condition.
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“If it wouldn’t have been for that neighbor making that call that woman might not be alive,” said Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat.