FARMINGTON — Farmington police arrested a 31-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed two people on Wednesday.
Bobby Henry, of Farmington, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony that could carry three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine, said Sgt. Casey Malone, an internal affairs division officer with the Farmington Police Department.
Malone said Henry and the two victims aren't homeless, but police have reported seeing them with people who drink and use drugs downtown.
Malone declined to release the victims' names. He said they were transported with non-life threatening injuries to San Juan Regional Medical Center and released later that day.
At about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to 415 West Main St., where one victim was allegedly stabbed, Malone said. The victim told police the assailant was a tall, Native American man wearing a black hoodie and walking east on Main Street, Malone said.
Police found a man matching the description near the Farmington Civic Center but could not immediately determine if he was the attacker, Malone said.
About 20 minutes later, three people flagged down another officer behind Catholic Charities on West Broadway Avenue, Malone said. One of those people reported also being stabbed and provided police a description of the man that matched the first victim's description.
Malone said police then arrested Henry, who was walking on Broadway Avenue.
Malone said Henry seemed to be impaired by alcohol, but officers could not determine if the two victims were also under the influence of alcohol. Henry allegedly attacked the two victims with an "edged weapon," Malone said.
Bicycle police patrol downtown Farmington and city parks to guard against violence among those drinking and loitering, Malone said.
"We do take steps to prevent this from happening," he said.
Henry has a criminal record, according to a state courts website.
In July 2009 and October 2004, he was charged with battery, according to the site.
In May 2006, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and false imprisonment. In that case, Henry began strangling a female family member after returning home drunk and then punched her in her face as she crawled toward a door, according to an article published in The Daily Times in 2006.
Henry also pleaded guilty in July 2002 to drunken driving in Gallup. Most recently, he was charged with burglary in July 2012, and, according to the site, has pleaded no contest.