Male victim attempted to break up fight between women

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FARMINGTON — Two people allegedly were stabbed by a San Juan County woman following a recent altercation at a Crouch Mesa residence, leaving one victim with multiple wounds.

Rhonda Sanchez, 48, is accused of two counts of aggravated battery and a count of tampering with evidence, according to court records.

She is accused of stabbing two people with a knife and tampering with the knife allegedly used in the incident, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Sanchez did not have legal representation today.

Members of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched around 7:47 p.m. on Oct. 9 to Dino's Gas Station at 405 County Road 390 on reports of a stabbing.

A woman had driven the male victim to the gas station from a residence on County Road 5580 where the alleged stabbing occurred.

A corporal for the Sheriff's Office pulled the male victim from the vehicle and started life-saving efforts. That victim was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and taken into surgery, according to Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the Sheriff's Office. He was admitted into the intensive care unit and was alert and talking on Tuesday, Lincoln said.

The female victim told the detective she and Sanchez had an altercation during which Sanchez attempted to stab her. The female victim stated the knife grazed her chest and right arm.

She told the detective the male victim was breaking up the fight between her and Sanchez when Sanchez stabbed him multiple times.

Deputies went to the residence where the alleged incident occurred and got permission to search it for Sanchez but did not locate her.

A man at the scene told deputies Sanchez was at another residence along County Road 5589. Deputies traveled to that residence, where Sanchez was located sitting in the passenger seat of a white SUV.

A broken knife handle matching the description of the knife used in the alleged stabbing was found in one of her pants pockets.

Sanchez made her first appearance Wednesday in Aztec Magistrate Court. She was being held today on a no-bond hold at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Sanchez with no bond pending trial. A hearing regarding the motion is set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday in Aztec District Court.

Sanchez's preliminary hearing in Aztec Magistrate is set for the morning of Oct. 18.

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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