Robert McGuire and Joseph Bailon
=Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — It seems like Robert McGuire and Joseph Bailon just can’t stay out of trouble.
The two co-defendants in a stabbing-related case face additional time behind bars, after one of them skipped out on his Feb. 4 court appearance, while the other was arrested last month on new charges.
McGuire, 24, was scheduled to appear in 12th Judicial District Court on Monday. But when he failed to show up, Chief District Judge Pattie Swift issued a warrant for his arrest. She also forfeited the $20,000 bond that he posted late last year and issued a new bond for twice that amount.
Defense attorney Barbara Zollars told Judge Swift that she’d tried to phone McGuire ahead of time, but added that his contact number had been disconnected.
The court won’t encounter any such problems if it tries to reach Bailon in advance of his scheduled appearance this afternoon.
On Jan. 28, police arrested the 34-year-old Alamosa man for theft, conspiracy to commit theft, and unlawful possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. He currently remains in custody at the Alamosa County Detention Center, along with Nicole Yasmin Malouff and Keya Marie Pobanz, who were arrested on related charges.
Bailon already stands accused of two felony counts connected to a series of alleged stabbings last year: first-degree assault and second-degree assault, as well as a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Prosecutors have also charged McGuire with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The charges against the two men stem from allegations they were involved in a bloody Oct. 7, 2012 altercation in the 500 block of State Avenue.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they found that Leonel Burciaga was bleeding from his left arm. They noted that his brother, Angel Nieto, also sustained serious injuries to his left arm and left shoulder.
Both men said at the time that Bailon stabbed them, and according to an Alamosa Police Department report, Bailon allegedly admitted he stabbed Nieto during the fight. However, the suspect reportedly said he did not remember stabbing Burciaga.
McGuire, meanwhile, allegedly told police he was involved in a fight with one of the two brothers, but added that was the extent of his participation in the incident.
The mother of the two injured men was also present at the scene, and according to her official statement, Bailon pushed her to the ground when she tried to break up the fight.
According to the police report on the incident, Burciaga initially arrived at the scene to pick up his family members, only to find that McGuire was allegedly fighting his brother. When Burciaga tried to stop the fight, Bailon reportedly punched him in the face. But the dispute didn’t end there.
After Burciaga returned to his vehicle, authorities allege that Bailon stabbed him with a folding knife. Once the fight between McGuire and Nieto was over, authorities say that Bailon stabbed Nieto.
Both suspects allegedly ran away from the scene when they heard sirens blaring in the distance. Their whereabouts were unknown until an Española police detective notified local authorities that the two men were being held in New Mexico on brand-new assault charges.
Rio Arriba County prosecutors went on to dismiss those cases without prejudice, and the two men were extradited back to Colorado.