FARMINGTON — A man was stabbed in the back in downtown Farmington on Monday morning and the suspect was arrested late Monday afternoon.
Shortly after 9 a.m. a stabbing was reported on Airport Drive and Arrington Street. Brian Stover, a 48-year-old Farmington man, was stabbed in the lower back and was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said.
Stover told police Marcos Alex Montoya, a 28-year-old Farmington man, stabbed him in the back and then ran from the crime scene, according to a Farmington police news release.
Stover was on his way to a court hearing at Farmington Magistrate Court when he was attacked by Montoya on Airport Drive, Tracy said.
The men were acquaintances and had spent time together the night before, he said.
A red buck knife that was believed to have been used in the stabbing was found in the middle of that street. One officer parked near the knife until it could be processed by crime scene technicians as other responders fanned out into nearby neighborhoods.
Police first surrounded a home on Lorena Avenue and then left and went to the Journey Inn, where the Montoya was believed to be staying, Tracy said.
Police found Montoya on Monday afternoon at San Juan Regional Medical Center where he went to be treated for injuries he said he received during the altercation. Tracy said the hospital quickly released him and he was taken into custody.
He was interviewed by Farmington police detectives and then arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Farmington police at 505-327-7701 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477 where callers can remain anonymous and receive a cash reward.
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