Lawrence Salazar
Lawrence Salazar (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — An Aztec man was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and other charges.

According to San Juan County Sheriff's Office, around 9:40 p.m. deputies responded to a report from San Juan Regional Medical Center about a female stab wound victim who had been taken to the emergency room by a neighbor.

The woman's husband of two years, Lawrence Salazar, 59, was arrested. Salazar was charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a household member, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a household member, tampering with evidence and domestic violence battery.

According to the sheriff's office, the victim said the couple arrived at their home on County Road 3000 at about 6 p.m. Upon arriving, the woman told her husband that she was going to Gallup and he couldn't stop her, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

"According to the victim, Salazar then went into their kitchen, retrieved a knife and returned to the living room," said sheriff's office Detective Connie Johnston in a news release. "Salazar then grabbed the victim by the hair, held the knife to her throat and told her repeatedly that he was going to kill her."

Over the course of the struggle, Salazar allegedly dragged his wife down the hall by her hair and into their bedroom. He ordered her to go from one room of the home to another until he finally called a neighbor. The neighbor came to the house and convinced Salazar to let her take the victim to the hospital.