Warrant issued for man suspected of stabbing sister

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times


FARMINGTON — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Farmington man accused of stabbing his sister during a disagreement at their mother's home.

Kendrick Keams, 22, was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Farmington Magistrate Court, according to court records.

A patrol officer for the Farmington Police Department was dispatched to the emergency room at San Juan Regional Medical Center on Wednesday regarding a stabbing, the arrest warrant affidavit states.

A woman had called San Juan County dispatch and stated her brother stabbed her with a knife and a family member was transporting her to the emergency room.

The officer arrived to the hospital at the same time as the victim was arriving and the officer noticed she was holding her left shoulder.

During an interview at the hospital, the mother told the officer that one of her sons had been working on her roof at the Thunderbird Mobile Home Park, 818 E. Main St., and asked her to get rubbing alcohol to clean his hands.

The mother said she was leaving the residence when she heard screaming coming from inside her home.

She stopped moving then saw her daughter exit the home while stating Keams stabbed her.

The mother told the officer she did not see the interaction between her children and the siblings do not get along well.

In an interview with the victim, she told the officer that Keams started talking negatively about her children and she grew upset with his words.

She said when she approached Keams to ask him to stop, she did not realize he had a kitchen knife in his hands.

When Keams stepped toward her, she pushed him then stepped back and saw the knife.

She said she did not realize she was stabbed until she stepped back and her brother moved toward her as if he was going to stab her again but another brother stepped in to help.

She said her brothers started fighting and she did not know if the knife was taken away from Keams because she left with her children.

Her and her children walked to her mother's car and she asked to be transported to the emergency room.

Officers responded to the home and searched the trailer park and nearby residences but did not find Keams.

Anyone with information about Keams' whereabouts is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477 or non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622.

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