Shiprock man posts bond after post-prom stabbing

The Daily Times staff
Diego Mark

AZTEC — The 18-year-old Shiprock man sought in last week's post-prom party stabbing near Kirtland was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center Friday and released the next day on a $10,000 surety bond, according to court records.

Diego Mark was charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing an 18-year-old man April 10 at a residence on County Road 6483, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. 

Mark was at the house for a party after the Kirtland Central High School prom, the affidavit states. He allegedly fled the party after the stabbing and then used his vehicle to ram another party-goer's vehicle off the road, the affidavit states. 

Mark turned himself in to the jail on the warrant with an attached $20,000 cash-only bond, according to court records. His attorney, Adam Bell, successfully petitioned the court to reduce the bond to a $10,000 surety bond, which Mark posted Saturday afternoon.

Bell could not be reached for comment Monday.

After the stabbing, Navajo police initially arrested Mark near Shiprock, but he was released before the San Juan County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for his arrest, according to police officials.

Navajo police did seize Mark's vehicle and turned it over to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office searched the vehicle Wednesday and located two knives inside — a switchblade and a "Rambo-style" knife, according to court records. Several apparent blood stains were also found in the vehicle, the affidavit states.

Mark is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on April 20.