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FARMINGTON — Three people suspected of being involved in a stabbing and kidnapping in Crouch Mesa earlier this week were arrested late Thursday night.

Matthew Russell, a 24-year-old Aztec resident, Thomas Salazar, a 21-year-old Dulce resident, and Jeanie Sanchez, a 25-year-old Durango, Colo., resident, were arrested for allegedly kidnapping Matthew Harrison from his home.

They are charged with numerous felonies and each is being held in jail on a $100,000 bond.

There are additional suspects who have not yet been arrested who investigators believe were involved in the crime, San Juan County Sheriff's Office Lt. Cory Tanner said.

At about 10 p.m.
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Wednesday, Harrison was in his bedroom with his girlfriend when five people, armed with a knife and a machete, burst into his home. Harrison told investigators one of men struck him in the head with a bat and another stabbed him twice in the back, according to the affidavit for Russell's arrest.

The suspects also allegedly did thousands of dollars of damage to a vehicle and other property at Harrison's home.

The sheriff's office said Russell, Salazar and Sanchez all participated in the kidnapping and beating, along with two other men, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states the suspects took Harrison to a residence in Farmington and held him there throughout the night.

Investigators spent the night searching for Harrison after his girlfriend called police, according to the affidavit. The alleged kidnappers released Harrison near his home Thursday morning.

The motive for the kidnapping was money Harrison owed two of his alleged attackers, according to the affidavit.

Sanchez was allegedly making payments to Harrison to purchase his car. Harrison still owned the car and when Sanchez asked for her money back he told her he spent it, which caused the argument between the two.
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Harrison also allegedly owed money to another man, Mark Hinojos, according to the affidavit. Investigators said Hinojos also participated in the kidnapping and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Harrison received 31 stitches at San Juan Regional Medical Center. He also received treatment for injuries to his head.

Harrison was arrested on an unrelated warrant, Tanner said.

Russell, Salazar and Sanchez were charged with second-degree felonies for kidnapping and armed robbery. They were also charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, two counts of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property.

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