Posted: Dec 5, 2012 8:50 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2012 12:24 AM
SAN JUAN - A billboard company is lending a helping hand in an effort to nab a man wanted in the baseball bat attack of woman.
The billboards show the image of Waldo Sanchez, information about the crime and police contact information.
Police said Sanchez beat a woman with a baseball bat.
"She sustained very serious injuries to her body, including a broken wrist and two broken fingers," San Juan Police Sgt. Rudy Luna said.
Sanchez has been on the run for seven days.
"It makes you feel bad ... you can only imagine what she went through seeing all those injuries on her body," Luna said.
"It wasn't just once, twice, 10 times ... it was more than 10 to 15 times she got struck," Luna said.
"In the process of trying to get away from him, she broke a window and cut herself. ... She went back inside where the aggressor was because her daughter was there," Luna said.
The brutal attack left an indelible mark on Luna.
"I've never seen anybody get beaten the way this woman was beaten," Luna said.
The attack also made an impression on the billboard company owner.
"They wanted to help ... to bring this guy to justice," Luna said.
The billboards are on display throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The company provided the service free of charge.
Luna said this is the first time a company has made such an offer to the department.
"There are a lot of people ... very upset, seeing those injuries on that woman. Nobody deserves to be hurt like that," Luna said.
He said the company's gesture may be a sign that people are changing the way they see domestic violence.
"Everybody wants to ignore it. Neighbors don't want to get involved ... they're afraid of retaliation or they don't care," Luna said.
He said when strangers show they care, abusive husbands get the message.
"We have sisters, daughters, nieces that could come across an aggressive person like Waldo Sanchez," Luna said.
Luna said Sanchez can run, but he can't hide. He is confident the billboards will help bring him to justice.