After woman beaten with claw hammer, police hunt for fiancee suspected in attack

Brian Cruz, suspect in attack
Brian Cruz, 28, is accused by Glendale police of attacking his 25-year-old fiancée and her mother on Friday.
(Glendale Police Department)

A Glendale woman has remained in a drug-induced coma since Friday as police continue to search for her fiancé, who is accused of striking her in the head multiple times with a hammer.

Authorities said Brian Cruz, 28, fled from the home he shared with the woman and her mother in the 600 block of West Wilson Avenue after the alleged attack.

Police were first called to the house around 4:15 a.m. after receiving multiple calls of a domestic disturbance in the area. At least one caller told police they heard shouts for help.

When police arrived, they found two people, a 25-year-old and her mother, severely injured. A claw hammer believed to have been used in the attack was recovered from the home.

Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman with the Glendale Police Department, said Cruz had attempted to murder the 25-year-old. The attack resulted in the woman suffering several skull fractures and losing a finger, Suttles said.

The woman’s mother reportedly tried to stop Cruz but was struck in the head by the hammer. She has since been released from the hospital.

Cruz is described as a Latino with black hair and brown eyes, standing about 5 feet 11 and weighing around 200 pounds.

He was last seeing driving a black GMC Sierra pickup truck with a black California license plate No. BCG1129.

Suttles said Cruz had family in Mexico, and investigators believe he may attempt to cross the border, if he hasn’t already.


Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call Glendale police at (818) 548-4911.