Local man faces attempted murder charge

Noel Lyn Smith
Delando Henry

FARMINGTON – A 24-year-old man is being held on a $1 million bond after being charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his father eight times.

Delando Henry was charged on Oct. 30 and faces additional charges of one count of aggravated battery against a household member, one count of assault with intent to commit a violent felony, one count of tampering with evidence and four counts of battery upon a peace officer.

A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Henry remained in custody today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

His attorney, Scott Curtis, could not be reached for comment.

Bloomfield police officers were dispatched to a mobile home park at 309 N. Third St. in Bloomfield at approximately 11:18 p.m. on Oct. 30 in reference to a possible stabbing, according to a statement of probable cause. Henry's father left the area to seek medical care, the report states.

When officers responded, they were told Henry left the area by climbing a fence south of the mobile home park, the report states.

Officers searched the area and when they returned to the park, they observed Henry walking quickly toward them with clenched fists.

An officer repeatedly told Henry to stop and to show his hands, but he continued to walk at a fast pace toward the officers.

Because the officers thought Henry was armed with a knife, one officer deployed a Taser to stop him from advancing on officers.

After the Taser was deployed, officers placed handcuffs on Henry, according to the report.

Multiple police reports state Henry allegedly spit and kicked officers when being placed into custody and spit at the face of a Farmington police officer when receiving treatment at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

In a separate report, Henry allegedly threatened to stab a neighbor and attempted to enter the neighbor's residence.

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