Victim suffered knife wounds to face and abdomen

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FARMINGTON — Two people are accused of aggravated battery after one of them allegedly held down the victim and the other stabbed him twice.

Rachel Lopez, 46, and Jarvis Mute, 35, are accused of a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery. Mute also faces a felony count of false imprisonment.

Lopez is accused of stabbing the victim twice with a knife and choking him with a belt. Mute is accused of holding the victim down as Lopez allegedly stabbed him, according to the probable cause statement.

Lopez is being represented by the Tucker Burns Yoder and Hatfield Law Firm, which declined comment on the case.

Shellie Patscheck, Mute's attorney, stated she looks forward to getting more of the discovery materials and getting to the truth of the matter.

Farmington Police Department officers were dispatched around 10:56 p.m. on July 27 to the 200 block of South Mesa Verde Avenue on a report of a stabbing.

A witness at the scene was found applying pressure to the victim's head with a towel to prevent bleeding. The victim was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center by paramedics.

The victim had a 3- to 4-inch laceration on his face and a 1-inch laceration to the right side of his abdomen, according to court documents.

At the hospital, the victim told police he had been attacked by Lopez and by a man later identified as Mute in the area of Mesa Verde Avenue and Animas Street.

The victim stated Mute held him to the ground and was hitting him. 

Lopez allegedly took the belt off the victim, wrapped it around his neck and started to choke him.

The victim told police Lopez then stabbed him, and the two suspects left the scene.

Lopez and Mute were interviewed by police before being taken to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. They both denied involvement in the incident, according to court documents.

An officer found a knife in one of Mute's pants pocket, according to court documents.

Lopez had her conditions of release revoked on her pending case in district court for an alleged sixth DWI, according to San Juan County Chief deputy district attorney Dustin O'Brien.

She has prior felony convictions including robbery, attempted aggravated battery and child abuse, according to court documents.

Chief District Court Judge Karen Townsend granted a motion by the DA's Office to hold Lopez without bond during a Monday afternoon hearing.

Mute was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to wear a GPS and alcohol monitor.

Their preliminary hearings are set for Thursday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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