Man in SWAT situation accused of holding wife hostage

Updated: 03/10/2014 1:13 PM | Created: 03/10/2014 7:25 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police have identified the man involved in a SWAT situation early Monday after his wife accused him of holding her hostage and beating her.

Just after midnight, police were dispatched to 641 San Pablo St. SE on reports of a fight between a husband and wife. The caller told police that her husband was armed with a knife.

Officers arrived at the scene and said they found the victim with bruises all over her body. She said her husband, Luis Meza, refused to let her leave their home and hit her when she said she was going to leave him if he did not stop using heroin. She also said he held a knife to her throat and punctured her shoulder.

After four days, the victim was able to escape and call police at a neighbor's home. She was taken to a local hospital, where personnel confirmed she had two broken ribs.

Police said Meza barricaded himself inside the home and made threats to commit "suicide by cop" during the incident. He eventually surrendered peacefully to officers and was taken into custody.

Meza is charged with aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

According to MDC records, Meza has a local criminal arrest history, including charges for aggravated battery on a household member, attempt to commit a violent felony against a pregnant woman, child abuse and possession of heroin.

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