Two men face charges after a fight allegedly ended in a stabbing in West Farmington
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A tourniquet was required to manage the wound
FARMINGTON — Two Farmington men face felony charges in connection to a stabbing that occurred last month.
One of the men is accused of stabbing another man and the other man allegedly cleaned up blood evidence at the crime scene.
Donovan Yazzie, 34, is accused of a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery and Marty Gutierrez, 29, is accused of a fourth-degree felony count of tampering with evidence and a petty misdemeanor of concealing identity, according to court records.
Yazzie did not have legal representation on Oct. 4 and John Beckstead, Gutierrez's attorney, did not respond to a request for comment on Oct. 4.
Farmington Police Department officers were dispatched around 4:46 p.m. on Sept. 16 to the 900 block of Glade Lane on reports of a stabbing.
The incident is not connected to a fatal stabbing that occurred 10 days later in the Glade Lane area.
The first officer to arrive on scene found a man sitting on a curb bleeding from an artery on his left forearm, according to court documents.
Court documents state the laceration on the man’s left arm was about three inches long and open to the bone. The documents further state that the man was losing a lot of blood.
An officer applied a tourniquet while another applied pressure to the wound.
The man claimed he was "jumped" by two Hispanic men and a Hispanic woman. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by ambulance.
Officers followed a blood trail to a trailer where water appeared to have been used to clean a puddle of blood, according to court documents. Blood splatter was also found on the stairs and front door.
Investigators believe the man had argued with Yazzie inside a residence. According to court documents, Yazzie told the man to leave and, when the man refused, Yazzie allegedly stabbed him.
Gutierrez allegedly got the man's blood all over his clothes because he was standing close when the incident happened.
Yazzie then allegedly left the scene before officers arrived. Meanwhile, Gutierrez allegedly tried to clean up the bloody crime scene.
Yazzie was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Sept. 24, according to jail records.
During the execution of a search warrant, police found blood all over the residence where the alleged incident occurred.
The affidavit states officers noted the strong odor of cleaning supplies when they entered the residence. They found a mop with blood on it inside the residence, according to court documents. Gutierrez had two rags on him that he had allegedly used to clean the scene.
Gutierrez, who had been transported from the scene for questioning, was arrested and taken to the county jail.
He also had an arrest warrant for alleged trafficking of controlled substances and conspiracy to commit trafficking, according to court records.
Yazzie was released from the county jail on a $2,000 cash at 10 percent bond. Gutierrez was released on his own recognizance.
Yazzie's preliminary hearing is set for the morning of Oct. 9 and Gutierrez for the morning of Oct. 16. Both hearings are in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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