Man accused in Sam's Club stabbing to appear in court

Roger Lara, 24, was arrested on suspicion of stabbing 45-year-old Edwin Hochenedel outside the Sam's Club in Farmington

Steve Garrison
Roger Lara

FARMINGTON — The 24-year-old man accused of twice stabbing another man at the Sam's Club in Farmington will appear Wednesday at a preliminary examination hearing.

Roger Lara was arrested May 13 on suspicion of stabbing 45-year-old Edwin Hochenedel outside the Sam's Club at 4500 E. Main St. in Farmington, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Hochenedel told police Lara threatened to kill him that morning because he was upset about his assigned work hours. Hochenedel said he pushed Lara, who responded by stabbing him in the left hip and chest with a pocket knife, the affidavit states.

Police learned from hospital staff that the stab wound to the chest punctured Hochenedel's left lung, according to the affidavit.

Lara fled the scene of the stabbing but later contacted a Farmington police detective by telephone, the affidavit states.

Lara allegedly admitted to the detective he stabbed Hochenedel, according to the affidavit, but he claimed it was self-defense.

"He's a bigger guy than me, so I just defended myself pretty much," Lara allegedly told the detective, according to the affidavit.

Lara eventually turned himself in to police at his attorney's office on North Auburn Road. A black folding pocket knife was found in his pocket, the affidavit states.

Lara's attorney, Kristin Harrington, did not respond to a request for comment.

Lara was charged May 16 in Farmington Magistrate Court with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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