Waco: Taser Used To Subdue Suspect After Man Beaten With Hammer

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Police used a stun gun to subdue a suspect after a man was beaten with a hammer.

Michael Jason Portillo (Jail photo)

WACO (December 5, 2012)--A Waco man was in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday after an incident in which a man was beaten with a claw hammer.

Michael Jason Portillo, 36, was ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $250,000 charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers were sent at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday to a residence in the 2300 block of Washington Avenue after police received a 911 call about a 36-year-old man being beaten with a hammer.

When officers arrived a 33-year-old woman told them her estranged husband had come into the residence while she and the other man were asleep and began beating the man with a claw hammer.

The woman also reported she was pushed.

The attacker had fled, but officers found him outside the residence and tried to arrest him.

The suspect, who Swanton said was 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighed about 330 pounds, resisted arrest and attempted to pull two knives out of his pockets and attack officers.

The officers at the scene used a stun gun to bring the suspect under control and handcuffed him.

The man who was attacked had a gash on his head but he refused medical attention, Swanton said.

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