GOLDEN VALLEY–A Golden Valley man is behind bars Thursday after he reportedly crawled through a window of a residence with a shotgun, claiming people were after him and his wife had been injured.
John Joseph Hughes, 52, is facing charges of first-degree criminal trespass, first-degree burglary, disorderly conduct with a weapon, assault, domestic violence and criminal damage.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said deputies responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Growler Street in Golden Valley around 3 a.m. after it was reported a man had entered the home with a shotgun.
The reporting party told deputies he had been asleep when he heard a loud crash. When he went into the living room to investigate the crash, the homeowner reportedly found Hughes crawling through the window holding a shot gun.
Mortensen said Hughes reportedly told the homeowner people outside were after him and his wife was injured at his home. Deputies made contact with Hughes and detained him.
Additional deputies responded to the scene and made contact with Hughes wife in the 1900 block of Growler Street, said Mortensen.
She told deputies her husband had reportedly been seeing people and talking to himself all day. Hughes allegedly struck her in the head with a glass plate during an altercation, knocking her unconscious.
Mortensen said when the female victim awake she noticed her husband was gone. Hughes reportedly entered their home a short time later, stating people were outside attacking him.
He reportedly fired three rounds from his shotgun into the front door.
Deputies reportedly noticed a large bullet hole through the front door and multiple shell casing from a shotgun on the floor.
Following their investigation, Hughes was taken to the Mohave County jail in Kingman.