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Farmington man charged in stabbing at Club B Lounge

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 23-year-old Farmington man has been charged in connection to the May 22 stabbing of a woman at the Club B Lounge in Farmington.

Robert Upshaw was charged May 22 in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and two counts of misdemeanor battery.

Upshaw's court-appointed attorney, Ellen Wayne, did not respond to a request for comment.

Farmington police were dispatched at 2 a.m. Friday, May 22 to the Club B Lounge, 600 E. Broadway Ave. in Farmington, in regard to a stabbing, according to an arrest warrant.

The victims — Alanna Wells, 26, and Adena Maez, 24 — were interviewed by police at the San Juan Regional Medical Center. Maez had been stabbed twice in the chest, and Wells suffered a fractured nose, a black eye and a sprained right ankle, the warrant states.

The women told police they were at the Club B Lounge earlier that evening with friends when they got into an argument on the dance floor with a heavily tattooed man and two women. Wells and Maez went outside to smoke a cigarette, and the man allegedly confronted them in the parking lot, the warrant states. Maez told detectives the man punched her twice in the chest, and a few minutes later, she realized she actually had been stabbed. Wells said she stepped in after Maez was stabbed, and the man then beat her up, according to the warrant.

A bouncer who attempted to intercede in the fight was also punched in the face. He identified the man as Upshaw, according to the warrant.

Upshaw and a woman, Stacy Martinez, were located at Upshaw's residence at 3601 Piedra Vista in Farmington.

Upshaw said Wells spilled his drink on the dance floor and did not apologize, the warrant states. He told detectives the women later "jumped" one of his friends outside the club, at which point he intervened. Upshaw denied punching the bouncer or stabbing Maez, according to the warrant. He told detectives if he did stab someone, it would be a killing blow, according to the warrant.

Upshaw was initially held on a $60,000 bond, according to court records, but he was released without bond on June 3 after witnesses failed to appear for a preliminary examination hearing.

Upshaw was then arrested June 4 on a parole violation in connection to a 2011 aggravated battery conviction in Albuquerque, according to the New Mexico Department of Corrections website.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said Upshaw is being held at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, and a new preliminary examination hearing date will be scheduled.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.