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FARMINGTON — Two men were charged today with battery after an argument Sunday at a Farmington motel allegedly turned violent.

Farmington police were dispatched at 5:17 p.m. Sunday to the Journey Inn Motel, 317 Airport Drive, after receiving reports of a stabbing, according to arrest records.

Police found Joshua Couillard and Larrell Jake at the scene, records state. Jake, 35, of Cuba, was bleeding profusely due to several stab wounds to the chest and left shoulder, according to records.

He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and treated for a punctured lung, records state.

Couillard, 31, of Shiprock, had blood on his hands and a swollen eye, according to arrest records. He was also transported to the hospital, where he told police he and Jake got into a heated argument about race earlier in the afternoon while drinking in a room at the motel.

Couillard said Jake punched him several times and choked him, according to records, and he responded by repeatedly stabbing Jake.

Jake initially claimed he did not know Couillard, but admitted after questioning he and Couillard did get in an argument, according to records.

Jake claimed he inadvertently choked Couillard while attempting to hold down the man, who alleged was acting "crazy," records state. Jake also admitted he gave Couillard two "love taps" with his left fist during the altercation, according to records.

Both men were charged today in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery. Jake was further charged with false imprisonment.

The men were each held today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on $20,000 bonds.

Neither man has retained legal representation, according to court records.

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

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