Man wanted in connection with stabbing

Noel Lyn Smith
Marcus Dean Whittenberg

FARMINGTON – Farmington police are seeking a 22-year-old man accused of stabbing another man at a residence in the 300 block of Gladden Drive last weekend.

Marcus Whittenberg was charged Sunday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

A Farmington police officer was dispatched at approximately 2:52 p.m. Sunday to a house at 304 W. Gladden Drive after receiving a report of a stabbing, according to the arrest warrant.

After arriving to the scene, the officer saw Dustin Bannowsky, 27, leaning against a vehicle in front of the residence. The officer observed that Bannowsky’s face and neck appeared to be covered in blood, and he was holding a cloth against the right side of his neck. Bannowsky told the officer he had been stabbed with a knife.

A woman at the scene, Judy Whittenberg, identified her brother, Marcus Whittenberg, as the person who stabbed Bannowsky, the arrest warrant states. Judy Whittenberg told the officer she returned from the grocery store when she heard yelling coming from inside the home. When she opened the front door, she saw her brother and Bannowsky fighting on the couch. She said her brother was on top of Bannowsky and was hitting him.

Judy Whittenberg also told the officer she saw a long knife in her brother’s hand as the two men fought. Since her son was inside the residence at the time of the fight, she yelled for him to leave. Her yelling caused the men to break apart. She then yelled at Bannowsky to leave the residence, and he complied.

Judy Whittenberg told the officer she last saw her brother standing in a doorway inside the house.

In an interview with police at the San Juan Regional Medical Center, Bannowsky said he had visited the residence to “get a twenty bag” from Marcus Whittenberg, an apparent reference to a quantity of marijuana. Bannowsky said he remembered smoking weed on the couch with Whittenberg, and when he tried to make the purchase, Whittenberg “flipped out.”

He further told officers that Whittenberg somehow obtained a knife and stabbed him in the neck, but he did not remember further details.

Anyone with information regarding Whittenberg’s whereabouts can contact the detectives tip hotline at 505-599-1068. Anonymous tips can be made by contacting San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4636.