Woman charged in stabbing near Flora Vista

Steve Garrison
Ashley Reyes

AZTEC – Detectives interviewed two suspects Tuesday in last month's stabbing near Flora Vista.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old Bloomfield woman has been arrested in the stabbing.

Ashley Reyes was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery on allegations she stabbed 28-year-old Creighton Smith near county roads 3535 and 3566 in San Juan County on March 7.

Reyes was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $15,000 bond, according to court records.

Attorney Arlon Stoker said Tuesday he is representing Reyes, and she maintains she is innocent.

Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said two additional suspects were being interviewed Tuesday about the attack. He declined to name the suspects.

Sheriff's detectives were dispatched the afternoon of March 7 to the Farmers Market on N.M. Highway 516 in Flora Vista after receiving reports that Smith was dropped off there by a vehicle after being stabbed. Smith was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center and treated for two stab wounds and multiple bruises and abrasions, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Smith told detectives at the hospital two unidentified women picked him up on East Main Street earlier in the day and drove him to a location north of Flora Vista. He said he felt uncomfortable and asked to exit the vehicle to urinate, the affidavit states. He said they let him out, but then a white Toyota Tundra pulled up behind him and three individuals, two men and Reyes, exited the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Smith told detectives the men were armed with a metal pipe and brass knuckles. He said he fled into a field, but the men caught up and began beating him, the affidavit states. He said Reyes then approached him with a knife and stabbed him twice, the affidavit states.

Reyes and the men fled the scene, and Smith was eventually able to hitch a ride from a Good Samaritan to the Farmers Market, according to the affidavit.

Six stitches were required to close Smith's stab wounds, the affidavit states.

Smith was initially reluctant to confirm Reyes attacked him, but he positively identified her during an April 12 interview.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.