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By Anna Velasquez
ALBUQUERQUE - The father who police said beat a man who was allegedly peering into his daughter's bedroom window will be charged.
They said the accused peeping Tom suspect was so badly beaten, he's in the hospital.
On Friday, outraged neighbors came to that father's defense.
"We've got a father, a young father, who could lose everything because of this one person," said Michael Salter.
That one person has been identified by police as 29-year old [name withheld], who police said was found naked around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning outside a young girl's window, looking in, and making noises.
"It was moaning and groaning, that's what she thought she heard at first," said the girl's aunt Thursday. "She thought it was a cat."
"You can see that I'm starting to shake, and I'm not wanting to speak about it much more," Salter said.
The girl's father, Emilio Chavez III, his son, and his son's friend all ran after [name withheld].
The family said [name withheld] threw the first punch.
In the eyes of the law, Chavez committed a crime. Police said he'll be charged with aggravated battery, a felony.
Some neighbors can't believe it.
"There's a naked man outside his daughter's window," said neighbor Bill Morang. "I think he was well within his rights chasing him down and beating him."
APD said the aggravated battery charge against Chavez was made based on recommendations from the District Attorney's Office, and that the office had been working closely with the police since the beginning of the investigation.
At the time of the incident, Chavez was questioned and released.
[name withheld] will also be charged with felony voyeurism when he is released from the hospital.
Police said he has been upgraded to stable condition.